The other day in our daily MIR time, Meliah brought a message to us that resonated deeply within me. We were discussing John Wesley's third rule, Stay In Love With God. She showed us a video of the story of Nick Vujicic. Nick was born without arms or legs, and struggled deeply in his early years with being accepted and trusting in God through his circumstances. In the video, he describes praying to God for a miracle. He is a miracle worker after all. Morning after morning he would wake up, still without arms and legs. He began to doubt in God's goodness and his love for him. What he would soon realize is, God gave him the gift of public speaking, and relating with people. He has used his situation to motivate people into looking past their circumstances; not letting them define you. God takes you as you are, sins and faults and all and uses you in his ultimate masterpiece.
What a powerful and moving message, especially going out into the world from camp in just one short week. I think it is so important for campers to hear this message. They are entering into a time of their lives that they may let their circumstances define them. Whether that be a divorce, some certain feature of their body, or what have you. By showing this video, it shows these campers that they can overcome anything, and they are so much more than what happens to them. If nothing else, I learned that I am so much more than what happens to me and I have worth and a purpose despite my shortcomings. In addition to this, see others for their worth and their strengths, without seeing the ways that they may be lacking. Just because a person was born into a situation outside of their control, does not make them tainted or incapable.
Wow, if only more people could hear this message. I am so glad that the campers this week will be able to take this into their 5th and 6th grade year. The staff will benefit as well, as we are going into Celebration Camp, our week for adults with special needs. I had a fantastic summer and I learned so much about myself and my awesome God. I hope your kids have learned as well.
Until Next Time,
Future World Changer