How does one pinpoint their single favorite quality of Jesus? He lived a life unlike any other in human history, and that makes it hard to say what was his most admirable characteristic. But this week, I've been reading a lot about his humility and his ability to submit to God's will, and I can confidently say that those are two qualities I could really use in my life right now! We read so many recounts of how Jesus loved his enemies despite the insults they hurled at him, how he valued the interest of others over himself, how he made himself lower to glorify God, how he even became obedient to death for the sake of all humans...the list goes on and on! And it just leaves me asking, how can anyone have so much humility in their hearts?
In Romans 12:1-2, Paul writes:
"I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Humility can be such a difficult concept at times because it is something completely outside of ourselves. To act out of humility and compassion is to act outside of our own thoughts and passions and needs, and it requires a godly perspective to do so, just like Jesus! I believe that Jesus was able to give so much of himself because he knew that what he did was solely for the glory of God to be revealed. And we're called to have that mindset (read Philippians 2:1-11)! Despite its difficult, adopting this perspective is worth the perseverance. Luckily for us, though, the opportunities to practice humility are endless. And that's another thing I can add to my list of gratitude for Camp Swamp!
Also in Romans 12, Paul talks about how in Christ we all form one body, with everybody doing their part, using their gifts and practicing humility with one another. This is one of the many fabrics woven into the Camp Swamp's cultural tapestry; to various degrees all throughout the culture and inner workings of camp, you will find everyone imitating the humility of Christ. Everybody has their part at camp, a role that when fulfilled keeps camp running smoothly.
Think of the kitchen staff and the teen workers, who keep the meals, the dishes, the canteen and camp activities running smoothly and effectively. Think of the facility management and the hard work they must do in order to maintain the God-given beauty of the camp grounds. Think of the directors and the counselors that have to lead with humility, that are called to deny themselves for the sake of the campers' safety and fun. Even the campers themselves are expected to do their part, with a serving and humble heart as they complete their daily chores that help the workers keep the camp clean.
Essentially, no matter what role you have at camp, when you are there, you are learning to be more like Jesus. You learn to value the interest of others, to respect others and to do so with a mindset of glorifying God. What a truly beautiful thing!
Thanks for reading! In addition to registering for your camper's week at Camp Swamp (click here to do so), be sure to jump at the chance to serve at camp this summer! Click here to read about the weekly opportunities and availabilities to volunteer, counsel, serve in the kitchen or join the medical staff! We can't wait to see everybody come out for a summer full of heart and fun!
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