Last night I sang "How Great Thou Art" under the stars with my hoarse voice for the last time for a year.
Last night I broke it down with my #7thweeksquad for the last time for a year.
As Zac Hanford closed out my summer with his ballfield devo, he told a story about people being lost in the dark in a hurricane. However, they see a small candle in the window of this house. They use this small light to guide themselves to safety. As we go back into the world, it's our job to be the light in the window that will guide people to safety -- to our Savior.
The past two weeks I've studied about the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. At Horizons a week ago, the theme was Inside Out. We talked about how our faith must be pure from the heart -- from the inside to the outside. At Maywood this week, we spent the week engraving Matthew 6 into our hearts and minds. In the middle chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about how our good deeds, prayers, and fasting should be done to be seen by men. We must be humble and give God the glory for everything that we do. Following Jesus isn't about putting on a show to be seen by men. It's about doing things behind the scenes, not getting any praise for it, giving Him all the glory for it, and being completely okay with it. These past two weeks, I've definitely had a heart check.
Post Maywood Syndrome is setting in, and my heart longs to be out there running around on the ballfield, worshipping Him during Evangelistic Hour, waiting in line for every meal, and being with the people I love so so much. But now is the time that Maywood's purpose really kicks in. Maywood's purpose is to prepare us to be stronger for the year and the rest of our lives. Being a "Camp time Christian" is so so easy, but it's when we go back into the world that we must put into action the things we have learned. Don't let that flame go dim.
When times get tough and when you start to lose sight of the goal of Heaven, close your eyes and go back to the ballfield. Imagine the voices Praising God. Imagine being surrounded by your brothers and sisters in Christ in the presence of our Father. Know that you are loved everyone in that circle and loved even more by the One in that circle that we cannot see with our eyes, but we know is there. Praise God for those beautiful moments spent at Maywood Christian Camp. Praise God for the ones who had the dream determination, and endurance to create a place as special as Maywood.
Now, go out and be that light that others will need to see to get to safety so they don't drown in the darkness. Be that light that brings them to our Savior. The more people there are who let Christ shine through them, the brighter the Light is, and the more people can see it. Don't let your light grow dim. Shine for Him.
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, Who is in Heaven." - Matthew 5:16