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Investing in Changing the World

Cory Cole

It’s that time of the year again for college students. We had our Thanksgiving break and we ate our turkey and spent time with our loving families…and didn’t do any of our school work! Study rooms on campus are packed 24/7, endless cups of coffee being downed and everyone is getting zero sleep; finals week is upon us! Fortunately for me God has blessed me this semester with a not too stressful finals week, so for that I am grateful! It has given me the chance to reflect a little bit instead of stressing out, and I am realizing how this year is really starting to wrap up. 2015 has flown by so fast I forget how eventful it was. I think back to January when I wrote out a list of new year goals. They weren’t necessarily resolutions, they were more big picture, long term goals: grow in my relationship with God, taking my future more seriously, find ways to be more confident, stuff like that. Taking the time to evaluate those goals and how far I came in them, I’d say 2015 was a good year. I didn’t check everything off the list…in fact I can’t even completely check any of them off! Because my ultimate goal was to progress. Not perfect, but to move forward. And I’d say I have progressed in the goals I had for myself.

One thing I wanted to share from all I have learned so far this year is that whatever we invest our efforts and our energy in is exactly what will grow and become prominent in our lives. Now that sounds very self explanatory and kind of obvious, but really think about it. What did you invest in this year? Was it your family? Your job or school or church? A new hobby? Did you invest in God and your relationship with him? Those things that you did invest in, they probably became more of a foundation in your life. That can be a good thing, that can be a bad thing. It is whatever you make it to be.

Think of The Swamp.

...a cabin in 2000...

Think the culture of The Swamp, the traditions, the fun, the energy, and the love that is almost timeless. Those timeless qualities of The Swamp didn’t just appear out of no where. So many people in the past 20+ years have invested so much into The Swamp to make it what it is today. That took time, trial, error, hard work and a lot of perseverance. But look at what has come of that!

In addition to having summer camp and awesome retreats, The Swamp is spreading worldwide through Swamp Corps trips. Right now a team is in Africa preparing to bring camp to Zimbabwe. In January, we are taking camp to Nicaragua. Children all over the world have the opportunity to have a camp experience because of the investments that people over the years and today have made. That is really incredible!
...Camp in Chennai, India 2015!

As you finish out 2015 and prepare for the new year, think about what in your life you invest in, and remember that the hard work you put into it WILL make a difference, whether you see it immediately or not.

Next week, we’ll get to see a glimpse of what the team in Africa is up to!

Thanks for reading! Until next week,


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