"That was camp," Chris, the Male Staff Director, told students last night at campfire. "Right now your little brother or sister is putting everything back into your room that they 'borrowed' while you were away at camp."
This week, students have listened to 24 hours of lectures. They spent hours with their small groups discussing big ideas. They have travelled out of their world at home and climbed a mountain this week. Some of these students for the first time saw cliffs of God’s grace and views of his majesty. They studied him with their minds each day and sang his praises each night.
Students are not at camp to have fun. Yes, fun they had; but more than finding entertainment, students have found wisdom. They have learned first-hand “how much better [it is] to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver” (Proverbs 16:16).
“Wisdom is not what you think,” Mark Bertrand said earlier this week in the lecture room. “Wisdom is an issue of obedience and not intellect. Wisdom is seen through your actions.”
Seeds of wisdom have sprouted in students' lives this week, specifically through evangelism and leadership practicums.
“Thinking bravely doesn’t make you brave,” Mark continued. "Wisdom is the same way. If you want to be wise in the eyes of God, it isn’t enough to quote the Bible or to know it. You need to practice it.”
The challenge proclaimed by every faculty and staff member today is “apply what you have learned.” This week has been for nothing if students leave what they learned in the classroom at camp and return home unchanged.
That being said, we praise God because they are returning home changed. Every student at camp has a story. Each student had a small group leader who listened to his story. In each life, we’ve seen God work this week to both convict and to comfort. Friendships have been formed. Minds have been transformed. Hearts have been excited by the gospel.