My truck went over 240,000 kms this week. That seemed like a milestone as all the 9’s became 0’s. The sensation didn’t last very long as the next “1” quickly showed up and the moment was lost. I don’t want to lose the next moment.
This summer marks 40 years as a Christian for me. I went to day camp as a kid and then to overnight camp at age 13 and I haven’t left yet. I remember sitting in the hallway at Camp Ambassador with my counselor after a meeting in the gym and talking with him that I wanted to do what they talked about. I wanted to have Jesus in my life. That year God got a hold of my life, I became a Christian and I felt called into full time ministry in camping, although I didn’t know what that meant at the time.
My life now is very different that it would have been. I was headed into an engineering future and would have taken over my dad’s company. That was the plan. God had another plan. That plan involved going to Ontario Bible College for Christian Education and Camping. In four years I received a Bachelor of Theology. I have worked at seven different camps over my career in camping as well as run CCI/Canada for a year. Elaine and I raised our girls at Christian camps, they learned about Jesus’ work on the cross, to work hard, to love and serve people and the sacrifices that sometimes go with working in ministry.
Every day I make a decision to continue to follow Jesus. It’s not perfect. I still sin and fail. But I get up again and keep going, because God continues to forgive me. God has given me a mission to build into the lives of young Christian leaders for many years. Currently, I do that at Camp Widjiitiwin.
My life verse is Matthew 6:33, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV) In essence, if I focus on Jesus and His righteousness, the rest of life/stuff will take care of itself. Focus on Jesus and pray about the rest.