Happy Sunday! First and foremost, I must apologize for missing last week’s post. However, I am going to cover today where I was then: Impact! Impact is a Georgia Baptist Convention discipleship camp. It runs Monday through Friday at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, GA.
Impact is a very unique church camp in that you are given a “family” upon arrival. First separated by school year with a designated colour, you are then placed in a group of 10-14 students along with two “parents” all of whom make up your family. Ask anyone who attends the annual camp, and they’ll say that the best part is growing close to a group of people whom they’ve never met before. For many, myself included, their sisters and brothers become lifelong friends.
All of this being said, I almost didn’t go to camp this year, but goodness I’m glad that I did. Though I was concerned that I was going to miss a couple of important events going on during the week, I knew that God was calling me to go to Impact. So here’s what He taught me!
1. Wait for God’s “Better”
“Better” was the theme of the week. Each day we were encouraged to pursue God’s plan for our lives instead of our own. By doing this, we are enabled to live a more impactful and fulfilling life for God than we could ever imagine for ourselves.
2. God is FAITHFUL
It was Wednesday, and camp was already halfway over. Reflecting on the year before, I remembered how God had showed up during worship through the song “How Great Thou Art”. I turned to my roommate and mentioned how cool it would be if the band once again played the song. On Thursday night, the band was playing the final song when they hit the bridge, changed songs, and belted the words, “then sings my soul…”. Right then, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness as He once again poured out His love over me through the song, “How Great Thou Art”. I started shaking, burst into tears, and hit my knees in total awe of my Heavenly Father, Creator of the universe.
3. Abandon Self
For me, someone whose struggled with self-image, awkwardness, and anxiety, it’s hard not to walk into a room and immediately start freaking out about how I’m coming off to other people. But what God taught me at camp is that by being so concerned with myself, I’m missing out on what others are experiencing. By staying observant and sensitive to what others are going through, I will better be able to minister to them and love them.
Have a Blessed Week! // Instagram: blakely.phillips
Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’