Family Camp

Ever notice how the family looks forward to Family Camp every year? How cooperative that week is compared to home? How quickly the return to normalcy seems to indicate Family Camp never happened? How you pledge not to have a return to normalcy so quickly next year? There is definitely a call to improvement during the camp worship and teaching times. But something is lacking? Isn’t it?

Here is a verse that may be help…

Deuteronomy 16:16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.”

When we break this down, it’s three times not once and it’s not just the males (men are supposed be the head of their families instead they are like the whales, there should an effort to “Save the Males”), it’s the family! It’s not when its convenient, it is when we are told by God Almighty to come to Camp. Camp is not for what we get, it’s for what we give. No wonder, normalcy is winning, we keep wanting. The command states, do NOT show up empty-handed!

So we learn three lessons:         1. Once a year in not enough to break the monotony of normalcy. It’s takes a commitment of heavenly proportion.

2. We go because it pleases our Maker. He tells us when we need to go. We just have to ask, “Now Lord?”

3. Ways to Love others. Serving with the whole Family is fun, too! We see families traveling all over to play a sport, we should see families traveling all over to provide support.

To sum up:  Family Camp is really special, we always hear more thank you’s there than anywhere else…why not at home, too?

Chris Trapani


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