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The W 2014

sunset over ice

Reflections from our not so wintery Winter Blast retreat.

We finally have snow! Just in time for NOT the Winter Blast retreat. Fortunately here at Lake Waubesa we specialize in fun with or without snow. If you want to see how much fun our 23 middle schoolers and 10 staff members had you can check out our Winter Blast 2015 album on facebook. But we didn’t just have fun playing games inside and out, we also had a blast learning how to experience the inexpressible and glorious joy of following Christ.

Our key verse for the retreat was 1 Peter 1:8 which says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,”  Through looking at the life of David and His prayers recorded in the Psalms we discovered that true and everlasting joy, despite of our circumstances, comes from a relationship with God. We learned that even in the midst of trial and tragedy we can look for and see the goodness of God. All we have to do is ask for Him to show us and then be ready for an answer that might be different than we would expect. Even when it seems that God is silent we can look at His creation and let the rocks, trees, stars, and waves speak to us; reminding us of His presence, His power, and His goodness.

In this world there are many good things that can bring us joy: relationships, music, sports, possessions. But that joy–that lasts only for a moment–is given to us to point us to the giver of all good gifts. When we choose to seek God, rather than the blessings He bestows, He will grant us the greatest gift of all: Himself. In the words of John Piper, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”  God is the truest source of this inexpressible and glorious joy that has no end.

But how do we seek Him? How do we accept this gift that God is offering? It is as simply as the ABCs:

A – Admit. Admit that on our own we can never live a holy and perfect life, that we will always be found wanting (Romans 3:23).

B – Believe. Believe that in order to satisfy our debt to a holy God, He Himself came down and became fully man while remaining fully God and lived the perfect life we never could. He died for our imperfection and rose again on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

C – Choose. This one is the hardest and yet most important step. In order to receive this gift of joy and new life in Christ we are required to die. To die to self and so that we might live for Christ (Matthew 16:24). It is a choice to follow, to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9) . But let me assure you. He is worth the cost.

It is our prayer that all the campers that come through our doors will get to taste and see just how worthwhile following Jesus is. We want them to know that Christianity isn’t as much about rules as it is about relationship. It’s more than knowing about God it is learning how to know God. As we look forward to this new year we continue to pray for our campers; past, present, and future. We would love to hear from you as well if you have stories of how your family has experienced the goodness of God at camp or otherwise. Stay warm and enjoy the snow!

 

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