Thought for the month – July 2012

A Cook’s Eye View

As I write this, I’m in the middle of buying and preparing the food for Senior Camp and Junior Two. Possibly, by the time you read this, you will have sampled some of that food – hopefully with enjoyment. As I said to my daughter yesterday, when we walked out of Asda with over 400 packets of Walker’s crisps in our trolley, “Now it feels like camp is on its way”. Yorkshire puddings are being made and final tweaks are being done to my menus. We’re eagerly looking forward to cooking for you with our new ovens and kitchen interior.

As cooks we may not get to experience the sharp end, like your tent leaders – sleeping in a tent, disturbed nights from blustery wind and rain and worries about the tent blowing away, campers who won’t sleep, open air showers. We have to make do with a caravan, electricity and visiting the shower block! A cook’s eye view is different from most of the other leaders, but we still feel very much part of camp. Our view from the cookhouse is almost panoramic and you’d be surprised what we can see from our vantage point at the top of the field. Beware! We enjoy the singing from the marquee, the fun of the wide games, big games or whatever games you’re playing and, of course, we get to serve you your breakfast, lunch and tea.

I could bore you with the number of croissant I’ve ordered, the number of delicious sausages I’ve ordered from our butcher in Sheringham or how many pounds of strawberries I need to make Eton Mess. However, as important as these amounts are (we don’t want you to go home hungry after all), it’s important to remember that the Lord Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” and that when He was being tempted by the devil He also said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. I hope that as you attend camp you will be fed by listening to all that is said. If you are a Christian my prayer is that you will grow in your faith and go home stronger. If you are not a Christian, I hope that you will think about what you hear about the Lord Jesus and all He has done for you and remember that there is more to life than food and drink and possessions.

As leaders we come to camp to serve the Lord and to give you a memorable holiday. Quite often we receive a blessing from the Lord, sometimes as an encouragement or a challenge. Please listen to what the Lord has to say to you at camp this year.