There’s a condition that I’ve become aware of this summer. It is called “Camp Neck”. It is the direct result of wearing a lanyard with a name tag attached to it for about 17 hours per day, and doing that for 5 days. Ironically, it is not for the duration of the camp that this becomes a problem- it is actually after the camp is over that one experiences the condition. What are the symptoms of Camp Neck? Are they serious? Life threatening?
Camp Neck (hereafter CN) is a phenomenon wherein, the affected person(s) will actually feel the lanyard even though it’s not there. (I italicized that for extra dramatic effect… did it give you the heebie-jeebies?) I was saved from CN in our children’s camp because I got one of the little clippy-type name tags, but after our youth camp… I was feeling the effects of CN for a week! It should serve as a warning to us all.
And why is that, you might ask? Well, I’m sure that any camp has some kind of message/information/skill that is intended for the campers to retain- to keep with them for more than just the camp itself. As this is pertaining to ministry stuff, I place a great deal of importance on the aspect of keeping the messages, devotionals, and time spent with God with me afterwards. In other words, CN should get into our spiritual lives (and for more than a week, too!) It is my prayer for the children and youth at my church and all the other churches represented at our camps this year to keep what they learned and apply it.
I want to have CN all year and all my life, as a matter of fact. I don’t want it to happen just at a camp, or a conference, either. I want it to extend to messages I hear throughout the year, to my daily quiet time, and to my all-around worship of Jesus. I really am hoping that I feel, not a lanyard’s presence, but God’s presence with me wherever I am. This isn’t just for the under 18 crowd either, folks. We can all acquire CN… we should all acquire CN! Think about what these two Psalms talk about in regards to the presence of the Lord:
Psalm 16:11 says, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Wow! The path of life, and an abundant one at that. Eternal pleasures. Those are some good side effects.
Psalm 89:15 says, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.” We are blessed when we walk with Him. When we are remembering, serving, following, worshiping, and glorifying God we are blessed.
Until next time!