BCY Winter Retreat: Day 3

20120305-073349.jpg

Why is it that good things go quickly, and the mundane inches along?

Our final day at Camp of the Woods was bittersweet. In a little over 36-hours, all of us had formed new friendships, spent powerful times in God’s presence, and been challenged to love people like Jesus.

My final message was on Daniel’s call to faithfully serve a totally godless king and culture. The cost was often his silence, and potential death. He also put his own desires to rest, including the tendency we have to rejoice when wicked people meet their demise, as well as not trying to usurp those over us especially in their absence.

Instead, Daniel was responsible for leading the Bible’s most demonic and egotistical king to the Lord when the king returned from insanity.

Are we that faithful to serve people above self-righteousness?

When it was finally time to leave, little Evangeline had the hardest time; she has her father’s gift of making fast friends and getting attached. She sobbed for a good 30-minutes despite our best efforts to calm her down.

I feel extremely honored to have been a very small part of a powerful weekend where God clearly showed up and breathed life on all of us.

It’s a privilege to serve Jesus no matter what the context; make sure you relish the invitation to act – it will go quickly. ch:

  • Billy Jepma

    So glad you guys had such an amazing time! You know it was great when the kids cry when they have to leave. πŸ™‚ Much love brother,

    • I guess that is a pretty good telltale sign. Although it is kinda’ irritating.

    • Billy Jepma

      True, it defiantly is. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    I definitely know how y’all feel. I’ve experienced the same kind of thing. Glad you enjoyed your weekend!

    BTW, I hate to sound impatient, but is the UG back up yet? I haven’t been able to find it, and I want to make sure that the reason for that is that it’s not back up, not that I’m looking in the wrong places. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Sarah, the UG is back up at the same url: heedtheprophecies.com/theunderground

    • Thanks Sarah. Appreciate the comment.

      Thanks to Pathfinder for answer your UG question.

    • Sarah

      Thanks so much for letting me know! I really appreciate it!

  • Beth

    “Are we that faithful to serve people above self-righteousness?”
    Being sinners and living in a selfish society its natural to be self righteous. However, we are called to a higher caliber, one can only pray and keep trying to be That faithful. It’s totally worth fighting the natural instinct and serve others instead of one’s self. Putting a smile on someone’s face is what I like to do best. Still working on it though. πŸ™‚

    This is one of my favorite quotes I thought might help Eva when she has to leave friends,
    β€œDon’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Suess

    • β€œDon’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Suess

      PERFECT!

    • Gabe

      πŸ˜€

    • Beth

      It’s the first thing I thought of when I read the part about sweet little Eva. As someone who gets attached to people and hates good things to end this Quote has become a motto for me. Though I still cry, you know this all to well. lol

  • Gabe

    Glad you guys had a great time
    And amen about the serving/self-righteousness thing

    • Thanks Gabe. Yes – we find our true identity when we align ourselves with the motives of Jesus: laying our lives down for others.