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Be Yourself

Cory Cole

What we as young people are surrounded by in today's age are the influences and pressures to be something. In middle school and high school, there is a need to feel cool, to dress a certain way, to be popular and have friends. Some of that carries into college, as well as the pressure of preparing yourself for adulthood, being professional, finding a job, etc...but those things are pretty important.

What I really mean is that these times in our lives really shape who we are; we're trying to figure out who we are daily. Getting caught up in comparing ourselves to others and all this negative thinking so easily distracts us from who we are, and it distracts us from finding out who God designed us, individually, to be.

In Psalm 139:13-14, David writes:

"For you created my inmost being ; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are are wonderful, I know that full well."

When I get caught up in thinking about the characteristics or strengths I don't have or other insecurities that are self-destructive, this scripture always bring me back to the fact that God created me. When I think about God's works, I think about his incredible design in nature: the way he paints the morning sky, the minute yet powerful detail he puts in every plant and creature, the starry host of the night...these are all so wonderful and awesome, and God created them. God created us like his these works; we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Comparing myself to others and thinking on what I am not takes away from the beautiful intention God has for me of being myself.

For my peers and I at The Swamp, camp is a place where we can learn to be ourselves. And not just at The Swamp, but also in our homes, at school, with family, at our jobs! ... During the summer of 2014, the full-time staff shared some amazing concepts about The Swamp culture through The Swampcast videos! In one of The Swampcasts, Jesse, Creighton and Tommy capture the importance of being yourself perfectly. Click here to watch!

One thing Creighton points out is that we are surrounded by God's grace constantly, so why not be ourselves everyday? I love how this is a part of The Swamp culture, and that there is a place where we can learn to be ourselves, not in the way the world tells us we should be, but through God's eyes!

Thanks for reading! Check out more Swampcasts videos here to learn more about The Swamp culture!

Until next week,


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