Wednesday

Camping and Community

My family went camping this weekend with the other two families in our small group.  We had an incredible time, especially considering that the adults were outnumbered 13 to 6 by our kids.  We spent two nights at a campground on Lake Lanier in Cumming, GA and spent most of our days swimming, kayaking, and playing on the beach at the lake.  At night we sat around the campfire, made smores, and I played guitar with one of our friends' 18 year old son.  All in all, a great weekend and one I hope to be able to experience again soon.

One of the reasons the weekend was so enjoyable and satisfying was the fact that I know the other families who went with us.  Now, this may sound obvious.  After all, who wants to spend a weekend away with strangers?  When I say I "know" these families, I mean beyond just knowing their names and their interests and the other relatively trivial things that often accompany "knowing" someone.  What I mean, is that I have prayed with these people, I have studied God's word with them, and I have heard them express their desire to pursue God.  I know them in a more intimate way than I know most of the other people in my life.

Why does knowing them in this way make a weekend trip like we took together more enjoyable?  Because I never once had to worry about my kids hanging around their kids because I know how they raise their kids and the biblical values they want to pass on.  I know that our view of God is compatible.  I know our dreams and desires for our families, our church, and our city is the same: the advancement of God's glory and gospel.

In short, the weekend was as enjoyable as it was because my family and these families experience biblical fellowship when we are together.

My prayer is that you have people like this in your life.  If you do, don't take them for granted.  People who truly seek to love God with all their hearts are harder to find than you might think.  If you don't have people in your life like this, pray that God would bring them around.  Pray that He would open your eyes to find them.  Not only will your life become fuller and more satisfying, but you need people like that in your life to help you as you run after God.

Disciple, Husband, Father, 3rd Grade Teacher.

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