It was Friday morning, the last day of a week long church camp. I rolled out of my bunk convinced that someone had traded out my mattress for a bag of rocks while I was sleeping. Went about my normal routine, took care of the hygiene stuff, and got my lawn chair out and began to study a little from God’s Word. The campers began to wake up, groaning, and tired (like I said, it was Friday!) I hurried them down to the flag pole for our morning devotional, trying to energize them for the day, which was really hard since I felt zero energy on this particular morning.
The cabin of boys assigned to lead the Devo began, we sang through a few familiar songs, listened to a scripture being read, bowed our heads for a prayer, then, it happened. Something that woke me from my slumber. The boy giving the devotional thought began to tell a story about someone he looked up too, someone he gained inspiration from, then began to tell about how this mystery man had given a lesson 6 years ago that he would never forget, then he informed the camp, that the “mystery man” was me… WOW!
2 thoughts immediately popped in my head.
#1. He needs better role models.
#2. I didn’t even remember the lesson that he remembered me giving!
As he went on, the thoughts began to come back to me, and I did remember the lesson. But, it had been far removed from my memory.
What is the point?
The point is this, you truly never know when someone is watching, listening, observing, admiring, taking notes, and modeling their lives after yours! This is not a post to brag on myself (anyone who knows me, knows that) this is simply a reminder, that we need to forever have the same thought as Paul when he wrote:
1 Thessalonians 4:1 and urged Christians to “excel still more”
And 1 Corinthians 11:1: when he reminded us that we need to be living lives so that we can say to our children, friends, family, anyone who is around us “walk, talk, act, like me, because I am living like Jesus!”
Shine for Him today!