I'd like to start off this week's Swamp Blog by thanking you. I thank all of you for reading The Swamp Blog and for the support and encouraging feedback you have given me. It's been about a year and one month since I started writing for this blog, and I think the coolest part for me has been the opportunity to stay connected with you, the Camp Swamp community, on a weekly basis. It's a constant reminder of the importance of camp and the impact it's had on all of our hearts.
As the end of 2016 approaches, it's that time of year where everyone longs for the new year, with new hopes, expectations, and resolutions. I feel like that's just the way things go. But thinking back on when I started writing The Swamp Blog over a year ago and the resolutions I began setting for myself, not many of the specifics remained relevant throughout the year.
This year had some uplifting and memorable high points, and some unprecedented and difficult lows. My faith and my strength has been challenged in ways I've never experienced. But as I reflect on this year, everything I experienced has made a stronger person, and that's ultimately what I wanted to see happen. Where I was a year ago is so different from where I am now, and I'm grateful for that.
What I'd like for you guys to take away from this as you prepare for the new year is a question that hopefully gives you a new perspective:
Where do you want to see yourself at the end of 2017?
You can make a whole list of desired, instant resolutions, tangible or intangible. But at the end of the year, that list won't really matter. You'll most likely be more concerned with whether 2017 was a good year or not. So maybe we should look ahead and think more about what will define the year for us. That may change the way we look at the obstacles and opportunities that come our way. Come December 2017, I think we'll not only be able to look back with gratitude for our experiences, but I think we'll be left with reminders of what is truly important.
Again, and always, thanks for reading! I'll be praying for the endurance and strength for all you as the year wraps up! Remember, it's not too late to register for Holidays At The Swamp! Click here to sign up, it's an amazing way for your middle school and high school aged children to start off 2017, with the opportunity to build relationships and have fun!
Until next week,
Dec. 29-Jan. 1
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