Camps can be some of the best times of a child’s life.
I grew up attending Christian camps and, coming from a very small church, this really helped develop my faith.
I’ve recently been sitting down with one of our church leaders to help her organise a camp for some of the kids in our church. When you look at everything that has to go into camping these days, you start to wonder whether you can make it happen or not.
To begin with there’s the price of the campsite. Due to insurances these days most of the campsite fees are astronomical. Any additional activity you want to run requires expert staff and so the price just keeps going up and up.
Then there’s the first aid person required on site at all times and a lifeguard for the pool option. There’s specific wording you need to put on the forms to make sure you are covered with parental permission and you need to make sure you have the correct leader to child ratio.
All of these things are so important for the children’s safety, but when you are planning a camp you do stop at some point and ask whether it’s all worth it.
But then you remind yourself that there is nothing quite so special as going on camp. It can be the highlight of the child’s year and you can set an atmosphere at camp that you can’t create anywhere else. And so, you continue to wade through all the legal requirements so the children can have an experience that will help to build relationship to their church friends, leaders and ultimately to their Saviour.
This process doesn’t just take place when it comes to children’s camps. As adults we are always trying to gauge what is essential and what is too much work. We weigh up the cost with the benefit.
“If I get up early to go to the gym I will be losing sleep but gaining the benefit of health and fitness.”
“If I buy this new computer I will be spending beyond my budget this month but my work productivity will benefit greatly.”
We can often do this with our relationship with God too. “If I go to church this morning I’ll miss out on brunch with my friends but I will get to focus on God.” “If I put aside time to read the Bible it means I may miss out on some news on social media but I will be learning more about God.”
I can’t say that God wins out in all of our decisions. Often we decide on the things we want rather than the things that can help build our relationship with God. It’s all about weighing up the pros and cons.
My prayer is that we will always put God first. Whether we are weighing up our finances, our time, our resources, our relationships, our work or our desires that God will always come first in our decisions.
When it comes to your decision making, is God coming first?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.