One of the best things about camp is that you are around amazing people all the time, Christ centered, loving people and amazing campers from all over the world. One of the hardest things about camp is that you are around other people literally all the time. I told a member of our team the other morning that Sunday mornings are one of my favorite times during camp because it’s just about the only time someone doesn’t need anything from me. Look, being around people is amazing! The first thing God ever said, “was not good” is found in Genesis 2:18 where it says, “It’s not good for man to be alone”. However, just as true is what is found in Luke 5:16 where it says, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray”. So, absolutely we need other people. We need to open our hearts to others and share our lives with them. But we also need to time alone with ourselves and with God to pray, process life, even tune out from the world at times. Life can be stressful, people can drain you, and you and I both need to just relax sometimes and know that those times are just as important as anything else you do.
During the three months of camp I would be completely worthless to my team and the campers God entrusted us with if I didn’t have time to be alone with God to recharge and make sure I’m aligned with God. The same is also true of our counselors, we must make time for them do the same thing. For these three months when we are all living in same place practically on top of each other it isn’t always easy, but it must be done. I mean Jesus did it so clearly, it’s extraordinarily important. It’s such an interesting thing, we need people in our lives, but we also need to be alone with God too.
I think an amazing example of that is Jesus in Garden of Gethsemane found in Matthew 26:36-56.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus wanted to be alone with God but also not completely alone. Are you spending adequate time alone with God while also balancing that by not being alone? The right balance of both is healthy and biblical. This camp season please pray for Bronwyn and I as we work through just that for ourselves, our team, and even our campers. Also, examine your life and make sure you are doing the same. With the right balance you will be a better parent, grandparent, employee, employer, church member, and all-around person.