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It’s kids’ camp time again. I’d like to address the importance of preparing your kids to go to and enjoy the camp experience. I spoke in Wisconsin camp a few years back. When kids entered the campground, they could read a huge banner strung up above the chapel doorway. The banner read, “Welcome to the Best Week of Your Life.” I wish that were true for all kids attending AG camps this summer. For some, the inability to cope with the culture of Pentecost presented at camp can result in a less-than-stellar memory.
The camp experience will naturally bring about lasting memories. Whether it’s being on the winning team, eating something disgusting for a competition, that one funny skit, or going days without a shower, camp will always be a place for memory-making moments. A child will rarely remember the struggles. Usually it’s the impactful memories that are turned into moments.
I love mornings. I have a pretty regular routine for my mornings everyday. Sometimes that routine gets messed up. When that happens, there’s less reading books and less enjoying the view out our bay window in the living room. However, whether my routine is messed up or not, there’s always a non-negotiable to my morning.
As leaders, we strive to encourage our students to have deep, meaningful relationships with the Holy Spirit. In this encouragement, we must emphasize the importance of spiritual communication. This communication can easily be limited to how often we pray, but the Holy Spirit wants to speak to our hearts even more than we desire to speak to Him.
Teaching kids can be really hard! That is exactly why I was relieved when God showed me that the Holy Spirit is the Teacher! No matter how great our illustrations or object lessons, I’ve learned that the most we can do is to convince a child’s mind of something. However, the Holy Spirit is a much more convincing teacher. He can take head knowledge and use it to transform a child’s heart and life. When He speaks, He is hard to resist!