Week 7 is well underway! We have had so much fun getting to know your campers. It has been a blast learning more about the Lord together thus far. Last night, we all feasted on cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, dressed up in crazy holiday attire for the “Holiday Showdown” theme night, and later enjoyed worship and a firework show. So far, the campers have gone to the lake, played war ball, mountain biked, and lots more. We are all looking forward to an awesome rest of the week!
Being at the Timbers is incredible for many reasons – our campers have the opportunity to learn about Jesus and grow closer to Him, meet new friends, and have fun. Another reason why camp is great is because there are no phone distractions. Pine Cove is an amazing week for kids to dive deep and focus on the Lord and learn their true identity in Him. For me, it has been refreshing as well to keep my phone off and stashed away. During my time so far at the Timbers, I have learned that I am easily caught up in social media – whether that is how many likes I get on Instagram or how many people favorite my tweet. Unfortunately, I feel that personal validation through social media is a struggle for men and women of all ages. It has become a way to feel important, valued, and accepted by others. We have become blinded by how the world views us rather than God, our Creator!
However, Jesus teaches us in His Word that we are to place our identities solely in Him. He knows that we are human and that we are susceptible to finding fulfillment in temporary things. But, He does not call us to follow those temporary desires. Jesus calls us down the narrow path. In other words, He does not want us to get caught up in seeking earthly identities, where we will continually be left searching, and searching, and searching. When we do not reach a certain number of likes on Instagram, we will use another social media website to find our worthiness. When that doesn’t work, we will search again. It is a vicious cycle. Seeking worldly fulfillment will leave us constantly thirsty and never satisfied.
Yet, it is when we fall to our knees and acknowledge His eternal love for us that our thirst will be quenched, and we will see that our identity is only in Christ! He is our Maker and our source of true contentment. Nothing on this earth will satisfy our needs the way God can. In Him we find pure, everlasting joy and validation. Furthermore, it is the act of dying to ourselves and our worldly desires that we will find our true value. Colossians 3:1-3 states it perfectly:
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
It is my prayer that Pine Cove campers will learn that their identity does not come from what the world preaches, but what the Lord teaches. He is so faithful!
Until next time,
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