Just this past week we had youth camp–now, I’ve been doing youth camp every year since I was a teenager and all but one since I married my minister husband 23 years ago—let me mention that my birthday is always at youth camp too…so anyway I have to confess that this year I wanted to coast. I thought “Maybe I should just go to camp and ‘help out’ with whatever needs to be done and not be a family group leader or counselor. All the adults work hard at camp but the way we do camp is extremely intense and exhausting for the counselors who stay in cabins with their groups of girls. My hubby made sure that I was assigned to a group and I planned on doing it but all along I kept thinking that maybe I would leave early etc.
It didn’t take long for the Holy Spirit to start working on me and I really had to confess my bad attitude and repent. The Lord kept reminding me that nothing, absolutely nothing–even being exhausted from no sleep, being sore all over from walking across the hilly camp, never actually being clean for more than about 5 minutes and sweating like crazy from morning till night—nothing is better than seeing and experiencing life change.
That is exactly what happened with my group of girls at camp. I had the privilege of talking through their issues, praying with them to accept Christ, encouraging them to ask God for answers and to listen to His voice–these kinds of things are priceless and I pray that I will never let the weakness of my flesh keep me from being part of the great work of God.
Have you ever felt like that? Like maybe what God might be going to do will take more out of you than you have to give? Like the work of the ministry is just too exhausting so count me out? If so, don’t beat yourself up but try to remember that being part of His work is worth the sacrifice every time:)