How far have I come?
We’re at the beginning of a year, and camp is once again in sight. It is a good time to think about the promises we made to ourselves and to the Lord, about growing closer to Him, reading His word more, or speaking to Him every day. Maybe we said we would make an effort to go to church, to meet with other Christians so that we would not grow cold towards God. So, how far have we come? It’s time to evaluate our progress!
There was a man who set out on a journey – people call him the ‘Prodigal (wasteful) Son’ (Luke 15:11-32). He left his family home and his loving father, and went in search of the life he thought he wanted. He took with him the riches his father gave him. But, away from home, his riches did not last long. The new friends he made didn’t have his best interests at heart. When he ran out of money, his friends ran out on him, and he was left alone. Maybe you feel like that. After leaving the warmth, teaching and friendship of camp, you set out back to your old life. You were full of good intentions, you were ready to follow Christ and make a stand for Him. Then the pull of old friends and the busy-ness of everyday life meant that the spiritual wealth you had, and that feeling of closeness with God, was soon gone and you were left feeling cold and alone.
It is at this point that you have a choice, and you don’t need to wait for next camp to make it! The man in the story realised he was better off in his father’s house and he made the choice to return home and to beg his father to forgive him. Of course, his father, who is a picture of God, ran out to meet him and gave him a huge hug, welcoming him back with open arms. So, what will you do? If you feel distant from God, will you turn back to Him? Will you say what you have done and ask for forgiveness? Will you commit again to growing closer to Him? It takes work, it’s not easy, but it is so worth it! Make sure, by the time camp comes around again, that you are closer to God than you were last year, and that you’re growing as a Christian.
Sharon Durrant, Senior Camp