why we serve

last week we hosted vacation Bible school-- a huge event by any standard. more than 300 kids attended, bringing more than 1700 cans of food for bethlehem place, our local food bank. the theme of the week was serving others: family, friends, neighbors, and Christ. on the final day of vbs, i sat with the kids to discuss prayer and serving with them. basically i said, "we serve others because God is awesome." God loves us first, then we respond to that by serving others.

in half an hour i will leave prosper to go to bridgeport camp. tomorrow is the first day of our junior high camp. i have not been to church camp since the summer of 1995, when i was a youth pastor, a young 24 years old, and (ahem) a few pounds lighter. i am going this week because we could not find another adult-- and we really should have two. so in order to protect the kids' camp experience, i'm packing my gear.

God did not necessarily call me to this work. i was the last line of defense. christy told me to remember why we serve this week when i get hot, frustrated, lonesome, etc. this is going to be a difficult week for me. aside from those youth from confirmation this year and last (a handful) i will know no one in the whole camp. i am not the best at meeting new people. but i will make the best of the week. because God is awesome.