We arrived at Camp Tejas this afternoon and picked our bunks then headed to the chapel for orientation! The Camp manager met us and shared about Camp Tejas and what we would be doing the next 2.5 days. About 40% of the ‘Lights of Tejas’ has been revamped so we will be ‘wrapping’ completely different things this year. They are going to try to get the new light show where they tell the gospel ready to do a run through for us before we leave on Wednesday! We would be the first people to see it so we are praying they get enough of it set up for us to give a trial run!
After dinner we had some free time in the new game room (double the size) then we gathered in the chapel to hear Mr. Dare share for our first devotional!
He divided the groups into 3 groups and asked them to think of as many different types of social media that they could in about 5+ minutes! team one came up with 32, team two had 29 and team three had 27! He handed out bags of candy … somehow the topic got on Mary Poppins – spoonful of sugar – he is now called Darey Poppins!
Mr. Dare challenged us with the question “What has your heart?” What we set our affections on will influence our lives. Media is supposed to help us connect when in reality more people are lonely and we are disconnected from one another because we don’t have to personally interact!
Proverbs 4:18 18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Mr. Dare brought out a glass vase – representing our personal life – fragile – we fill it with many things; friends, family, sports, job, hobbies, relationship with Christ.
Then he took wrapping foam sleeves (used to pack plates) and put the vase in it –
1st wrap – represents God’s love for us -bring a layer of protection around our heart
2nd wrap – represents our time we spent with God reading his word
3rd wrap – represents being strengthened in our faith by our interaction with other believers
4th wrap – represents Prayer
Mr. Dare then took a hammer and hit the side of the wrapped vase – it didn’t break – representing the guarding of our heart because of our love for and our relationship with Christ and his love for us.
Then he took the vase out of the wrap – and put it in a paper bag representing the things of this world, worldly relationships, and selfish desires – and one tap with the hammer – it breaks – and really – you can’t put it back together
Mr. Dare had a 2nd vase and he filled it with insulation – Christ in us – greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world 1 John 4:4 – we are letting it set and in the morning we will tap the glass and see what happens!
We broke into groups and shared about our own obstacles that keep us from setting our affections on Christ. Then spent time in prayer asking God to use this time to redirect us to have hearts that pursue God … wholeheartedly!
Please pray for your students this week! You have GREAT kids. We have great leaders here! God is good and I believe he is going to do great things!
Pray for us as we work tomorrow! pray we can stay warm. Tejas has been waiting on us. Summit always brings a great group of hard working students! This time is no exception!