RFKC 2013 – Sunday

“You are the beloved and you will be the cause of life in many; rejoice and be glad of it.”

Venite – Gospel Day 30

There have been many different thoughts, quotes, and passages that have rattled through my brain as I have prepared for camp. However, preparing for camp has looked a lot different this year.  This is my 6th year of doing Royal Family Kids Camp with TNL.  However, this is the first year that I will not be a counselor but instead I was on leadership.  My role this year is being the Dean of Men.  This means, being in charge of the adult staff and counselors and taking care of them while specifically focusing more on the male side of the team.

This means that camp has been taking up a significant amount of mental power these last several months.  My roommate, Curtis, remarked today that I have not been picking up the minute details as much since there has been so much going on.  Some of those things that have been taking up space in my brain, is trying to be aware of the different ideas, concepts and messages that God is sharing with me so that I can share them with our staff.

One of those concepts has been the idea of faithfulness.  The idea of being faithful to serve and love these kids even when it is hard or we are not seeing tangible results. Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador, had something to say about this when he said,

“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.  We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.  We are prophets of a future not our own.”

I am excited to see what God has in store for us this year.  He has provided again for us as he has provided for us each previous year.  We have all the staff we need, we have been generously supported financially from friends, co-workers, and family, and we have people praying for us back home.  We are incredibly blessed!  As I was preparing for camp this morning at a coffee shop, the following passage stood out as a sending off for all of us headed off into this grand adventure.

“Now go, Go in peace. Go and let your Light shine.”
Venite – Gospel Day 30

Blog post by Matt Paulsen


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