Posted by Sally Johnson on January 24
Hey Camp Family!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and your New Year is starting off well. Have you made your new years resolutions yet? This is something I do most of the time. This year I have decided to participate. Of course my resolutions are pretty common, lose weight, spend more time with family and friends etc. How many of you have made the same ones?
I read an article several days ago from Flint and Steel online magazine that was written by Dr. Wes Willmer and Micah Hogan. They talked about common resolutions that are made but brought up the question, have you made any resolutions for soul care? Of course this got me thinking and wanting to read more. They talked about stewarding your resources. I enjoyed what they wrote and agreed with the processes of stewarding resources and how it makes life more meaningful but I was still thinking.
How do we do soul care in areas other than resources? Don’t get me wrong, I believe stewarding our resources is very important and I want to be a good steward of my resources and camps but that was not where my thoughts were headed at the moment.
We tell our counselors every summer how important it is to stay in God’s word and pray every day. By doing this, mole hills do not become mountains. We talk with them about rest and being sure you are getting rest as well.
Am I practicing what I preach? That’s a simple answer…..NO. I had to really think about this to get to that answer!! How backwards is that? Do I read my Bible everyday? Unfortunately NO. Do I pray everyday? Yes (there’s one). Do I take time to rest? Sometimes but not really. Honestly, I feel lazy if I am not doing something. Do any of you feel this way? I was convicted about this not long ago by my group of friends. I have been reminded that God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). If God is resting on the seventh day then why am I not resting too? I need to make some changes!
Well, I still have my same resolutions to lose weight and spend more time with family and friends but I have added to that. I resolve to stay in God’s word daily (I am reading the Bible in a year and so far so good!), continue to pray everyday and spend time with Jesus and rest. It all sounds great as I am writing this and I know how hard it’s going to be.
I hope this makes you think about your resolutions and especially your soul care. Do you need to add or even start soul care? I encourage you to think and pray about this. Happy New Year!!
In Him, Sally
Sally is a Rome, Georgia native and started attending Camp Skyline in 1977. She loved the camp experience so much she wanted to give back, so she became a counselor. In 1997 she and her husband Larry purchased camp and haven’t looked back!