My son, Jeremy, has been invited to go camping with a couple of boys his age, and a few older – college age – guys. I’m excited about this for several reasons. Perhaps, primarily, I’m excited that Jeremy is building relationships with some brothers in Christ who should be more mature in their walk with Christ – and from what I know of them, they are more mature. I’m much more excited about this kind of discipleship – sharing life together – than if Jeremy was involved only in a Bible study class.
I’ve also heard that someone is planning a camping trip for our church in April. We’ve done this before – three times, I think. We’ll all share a group camping spot on the lake nearby. Some will camp Friday night and Saturday night. Some will only camp Saturday night. Some will only come to the camp during the day and will not spend the night. But, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know one another, to help one another, to share meals with one another, to teach one another, to encourage one another. The times around the camp fire at night will be priceless! We’ll even have our church meeting on Sunday at the campground.
Camping is fun. And, camping with brothers and sisters in Christ can be even more than fun! Maybe I’ll even have some stories to share on my blog.