Camp Neck

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!

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Money to Mouth-placement Ratio?

“Put your money where your mouth is.”  I believe that’s the old adage.  It stands to reason that the post wherein I make the bold claim of blogging twice a week comes at the absolutely most inopportune time for it!

I have two takes on this.  First, I receive no monetary support for my blogging, so I’ll make whatever outlandish claims I choose to make!  Ha! 

Not really… so the second take is that I have been jotting down some things i’d like to blog about.  “Planning to blog is blogging to plan”… or something like that.  One such topic is in the Dave-otional realm.  Having had our youth camp and looking forward to childrens camp I’ll be blogging about the phenomenon known as “Camp Neck”.  If you’ve ever worn a lanyard for a week, you’ll understand.

Until next time!

Seaweed and Sin

You know, I’ve learned in almost a decade of working with teenagers to expect the unexpected.  They will surprise you.  Sometimes this is in a negative way.  I gave students a videotaped playing test in my first year as a band director.  I didn’t expect to be mooned.  That, by they way, was a negative!  They can also do some good unexpected things.  The first missions trip I took with my youth was an example of what a bunch of teenagers can do when they allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.  It was just a week-long trip, of the whopping distance of 15 miles away (maybe) from the church.  Still, they opened up and let God in.  It was amazing.

Then there’s what happened a couple of days ago.  It was the “no man’s land” of unexpected.  I was teaching a lesson on how the devil, temptation, and the sins we commit can have the effect of sneaking up on us.  1 Peter 5:8 was one of the Scriptures that I referenced… the devil is likened to a lion, lurking behind the tall grass just waiting to pounce.  Life as we all know it was still normal at this point.  I used Hebrews 12:1, and pointed out particularly that we get entangled in our sins.  This is where normal went bye-bye.  We had a kid burst out his own illustration that went a little something like this, “Oooh!  That’s like the time I was at the beach and seaweed got into my swimming trunks and into my butt-crack!”

Just for the record, I’m not a big proponent of the use of the word “butt-crack” in most social situations.  A youth group Bible study would fall into that category.  This, however, is an exception to that rule.  Laughter ensued.  Much, much laughter.  And, as odd as this might sound, there is much truth to this as well.  We don’t expect to end up where we do at the front end of our encounters with sin.  If it were waving a big sign that read: “Hey I’m the wrong thing to do… you’ll mess your life up with me!”  then it’s safe to say we’d probably ignore it.  The problem is, we either don’t see it coming or worse, see it but is so disguised and alluring that we embark down a wrong path.  It almost always ends up that, once we’re so far down that path we get tangled up in the weeds and thorns that have choked out the right direction.  Or, it’s like the seaweed that… well, you get the idea.

Until next time!

Almost Slipped!

No, not on ice.  I almost slipped and didn’t post an entry this week, thus a DQ on the postaweek2011 deal.  That ain’t Dairy Queen either!  It will be a short one, since it is now 11:05 and I’ll be pulling late nights for at least the next two.  Tomorrow’s should be fun.  We’re having a Youth Valentine Banquet at church from 7-9 p.m. and then we’re heading over to the bowling alley for “Rock-n-Bowl” until midnight.  You may stop playing the air guitar now, and please put your tongue back in your mouth!  It should be fun, and based on what everyone said on Wednesday, we should have a big crowd. 

The second thing, will be less than exciting.  Typing a paper due Sunday night.  I’m going to have to say that I understand the difference between typing and writing now.  As we speak, or…um, read, I am writing.  It is enjoyable (at least for me- if YOU don’t like it then don’t tell me.  You’ll deflate my sensitive artist’s ego!)  Typing, on the other hand, is a little more of an assignment and usually in my case involves a bibliography.  I hate bibliographies!  Not enjoyable vs. enjoyable.  Hmm… I know which I’ll be doing more of once I graduate!

Until next week (or before)