Life after Camp

by: Craig Spell

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As I sit here, just a few hours removed from worshipping God alongside 1,500 other students from across the southern part of the country, I feel inspired and led to write this. We just got home from the best weekend of the year in Gatlinburg, TN at Crossroads Winter Conference. Now wouldn’t it be awesome to live the ‘camp life’ everyday? To wake up and go worship with brothers and sister & Carl and the band; to hear a word every day from Clayton King; to spend a combined $80 with your best friends in the arcade (sorry mom); it would be amazing. Unfortunately ‘camp life’ is not reality. We have to come home and return to the school where we are surrounded by hundreds of lost and broken people and return to facing the temptations put in front of each day. It is easy to drift away from the ‘camp high’ that we experience after an outstanding weekend with other believers, but here are a few ways I think we can continue in our walk with Jesus:

Share God’s love with others. Mark 16:15 says “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” When we go home to these tough environments, instead of falling to the temptations, let’s share the good news of the Gospel with classmates and teammates. Like Josh Gardner said during a breakout at Winter Conference, “share the Gospel because the one thing you can take to heaven is other people.” I challenge you to instead of being quiet about how God moved in your life at Winter Conference, go out and enhance His kingdom.

Hold each other accountable. Proverbs 27:17 tells us “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Keep building on those relationships that were formed in Gatlinburg. Keep up with each other and maybe begin a Bible study with another where you can talk with each other about what you are reading and the struggles you are facing. Do not make reading the Bible together something that only happens one weekend every winter. I pray that we will all continue to study His word, for this is where we can find our answers.

Pray. Always pray. It is revealed in Matthew 21:22, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Personally I really saw the power of prayer during Winter Conference. I found myself constantly asking God to move in my life and in the lives of others in the group…and time after time, my prayers were answered. We had an amazing church group time Sunday night in our hotel where we gave some things up to the Lord. I challenge us to continue to keep praying for each other, for God to penetrate our hearts, for the lost and for the confidence to go out and share His word with others.

For those of us who went to Winter Conference, I pray we will not let this end here. Let us continue to grow as friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us continue to fall deeper and deeper in love with our savior. Let us not forget the foundation we began to build this past weekend. I love each and every one of you that attended and I hope we can continue to all live life together. Let’s not fizzle out and make life after camp just as amazing as life in Gatlinburg.

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