This past week, I had the incredible privilege of returning to Bay Shore Senior High Camp to help lead worship and to be a camp counselor. I originally didn’t want to go, but I knew from the beginning that God would end up changing my heart over the course of the week, so I vlogged the whole week in an attempt to capture the heart change as it happened.
As you can see in that video, God definitely did change my heart.
Something about staying in the same place and doing the same thing for an extended period of time just isn’t good for me. I get too comfortable doing what I do every day, talking to the same people, hiding in my office or behind my computer. It makes me blind to the good things that can be found elsewhere; the great things I have yet to experience, the amazing people I haven’t met yet. It was the reason I didn’t want to return to camp, even after having such a great experience there last year.
Camp was the perfect way to break out of that toxic routine. It forced me out of my house, away from my work, past my small circle of friends. I met incredible people who I otherwise would have never met. I experienced God in a way that I never would have if I had just stayed home. I found myself doing things outside of my comfort zone that ended up being fun.
Now that I’m back, I’m taking steps to break out of the routine more often. My first step: this weekend I’ll be driving all the way to Lansing to visit one of my camp friends, because why not? I want more time with the people I love, even if they don’t live nearby, so I’m gonna make it happen.
If you feel hopeless or stuck in life, I’d say that going to camp is a perfect way to snap yourself out of it.