Be A Light

At the end of June my sisters and I go to a Christian youth camp in Georgia.  The camp is actually two camps put together, both with different age groups.  The junior camp is for children ages 9 to 12 and the senior camp is for children ages 13 to 20 (or something like that lol).  Last year I felt God calling me to go as staff for the junior camp.  The first thing I thought of was the fact that I wouldn’t get to see my friends in the senior camp.  I fought with God about this for two weeks before I finally gave into what He wanted me to do.  I actually ended up having a good time.  Not only was I able to help some of the kids but I grew spiritually myself.  This year I felt God calling me to do the same thing and this time I didn’t fight Him over it.  The theme of our camp was Be The Light.  We used the scripture Matthew 5:14-16 when Jesus talks about Christians being lights unto the world.  We also taught the children about how words hurt.  How we should use our words to be a light in the world.  I read the book of The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to them.  From that we had one of the best teachings of the entire camp and it wasn’t even planned.  One of the brothers talked about speaking to what someone could become and not how they are now.  When I was younger I had really bad teeth.  I got braces when I was eleven but before that I was teased because of how my teeth looked.  It hurt me a lot and, as silly as it sounds, sometimes those words come back to me.  The brother talked about how we see the caterpillar and how it is fat and bumpy and ugly and we see the cocoon and how brown and boring it looks.  We see all of this but we have to look past it and speak to the butterfly that will come out of this process.  As impossible as it may seem for that ugly cocoon to turn into something beautiful, we have to believe it can.  We have to believe that it will.

Love,

Leila

 

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