~ROMANS 1:25 – They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.~
The last month cannot be summed up into one word. I was trying to think of what to say when people ask me “How was your summer traveling with NTS Camp?”
Nothing in me wants to be that person that says, “It was good!”
It wasn’t good. It was challenging, tiring, stressful, long… but it was a blast. I grow so much every year I travel with my family and with the NTS staff. The people that we meet and the places we go are all apart of an amazing story of how God allows paths to cross each other at these places where churches meet to meet God.
This camp isn’t the normal ‘Vacation Bible School’ kind of camp. NTS is pretty crazy. There is a lot of screaming and cheering for anything the MC/Host says on stage, a lot of games for points that go to a team color (and the winners get a pretty gigantic trophy), there is a lot of conversation and learning and growing, and there are amazing moments of worship.
Worship is always my favorite part of camp. I love when voices join together and lift up their instruments to God. It’s simply beautiful yet so complex. The hearts that are singing all have something different happening inside of them as they sing those words on the screen.
My good friend Rachel, a college student who traveled with us from camp to camp, reminded me of the amazing complexity of everyone’s stories uniting together when we sing together. Every single person could be singing the words: “It is in Your hands” with a different perspective on the meaning. It could be:
This year’s theme of camp was obsession. The speakers and leaders taught about the things that we hold so dearly to in this world that become so thought consuming that we often times put God as #2 or farther down on our lists. Our lists show us what is most important to us, what we spend our most time doing. That is where our heart lies.
Many students confessed their obsessions on a transparency sheet that was displayed on an overhead in the sanctuary. These confessions were anonomous but at the same time were messages to God, saying that they were giving whatever their obsession was to Him. They were letters that became a part of their story. Letters that could have changed their lives.
These were a few of the letters written that were displayed. These were the things students and leaders were calling their obsessions.
What do you think about most throughout your day and before you go to bed? What is your last thought? I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about your thoughts. Our thoughts leave a mark on our souls and lead to either destruction or lead to the light. Brian Houstan said,
“What you allow to occupy your thinking has a powerful impact on who you are and what you become. If you want your life to flourish and prosper, start by looking at what is going on in your though-life.”
Its something to think about.
Over the next week, I’m going to be writing about some obsessions that were covered at camp and some that were not and how much I learned about these topics. I learned that I have many obsessions and have to learn how to give God my ALL. Not just the things that are easy and may not seem like a big deal. After this summer, I wouldn’t have thought twice about how much I really obsess over little things and create idols. It doesn’t always feel like an idol to me. Sometime these things feel necessary for life.
Then I was reminded of God the provider, the one who wants to give us all we need and fufill us. He is the only one that could ever satisfy and is the one who brings life. So He is necessary for life. Not all these other little things that I worry about. Breaking down the walls of pride will allow you to see the idols hiding behind those walls that may have covered it up as an “okay” thing.
What is your obsession.