TAWG After Camp: You are Loved

It’s now been over a week since we were all at camp together. School is about to start back up again for many of us. Others have work. Our old routines are beginning to settle back in, and what we learned at camp may be feeling a bit foggy by now.

So much can change even in a week. You know what doesn’t change? God loves you, and He is with you.

He wants to see you succeed.

He wants to help you grow.

He never gives up on you.

He is walking with you through every situation, no matter how difficult.

 

Have you ever felt abandoned or alone? Have you ever felt like someone who is very close to you had pulled away from or forgotten you? Even our most cherished human relationships can include pain and difficulty. But let’s look at Isaiah 49:15-16 and consider how our relationship with God goes even deeper.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.

There is no other human relationship quite like that of a mother and a child. Yet even that relationship does not compare to the love and tenderness of God. Look at the verses again. God tells us that He will never forget us. Never, no matter what we do.

Take comfort in that today. As you seek to move forward and continue in the things you learned at camp, be aware that you might slip up. But God still loves you. As you go back to school, friendships and circumstances may change. But God hasn’t forgotten you. As you live with and love your family, there may be bumps along the road. But God is always with you.

You are loved. You are cherished. You matter. God has not forgotten you, and he never will.

Want More?

  • Romans 8:38-39
  • Psalm 27:9-14
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13
  • 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
  • Psalm 34:8
  • Psalm 31:19
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Week 4: Salt and Light

Matthew 5:12-16

Picture it.

You’re sitting at the table getting ready to eat dinner with your family. Maybe it’s a big meal, like a holiday or other family gathering. Or, maybe it’s just your regular evening dinner with the whole crew. Either way, I’d venture a guess that one question in particular always pops up.320px-Salt_shaker_on_white_background

Could you pass the salt please?

Thinking back to my own family dining experience, this was a very common question. Which brings me to another question.

Why?

What’s so great about salt? Why do we keep little salt shakers at our table at all times?

Ok, so I guess that was really three questions. Still, I wonder why those tiny white crystalized specks have become such a common part of our eating experience.

Obviously, there’s the taste. And, salt is well-known as a food preservative. In fact, you’ve probably heard sermons before where those qualities of salt are discussed. That’s all true, and all helpful. But look back at our passage today. I’d like to go somewhere else with this.

Jesus talks about salt first (we’ll get to light in a second). He says that if salt loses its “saltiness” it becomes worthless. When I read that, it brings two words to mind.

Be ready.

I think the readiness of salt is key. Think about it.

Right now, there is salt that is sitting in a little shaker. It is just ready and waiting to enrich your life in some way. It’s not hiding. There is nothing holding you back from taking that shaker and sprinkling some salt on your food.

The same is true for light. What happens when you flip the light switch at your house? Instantly, the room is illuminated.

Instantly.

That light is ready and waiting to enrich your life, just like the salt in the shaker. I think what Jesus is saying to us is that, as the salt and light of the earth, we need to always be ready to enrich the lives of others. The moment we stop being “others-focused” and become unwilling to share the hope God has given us, we lose our “saltiness.”

This doesn’t mean that we have to be on every street corner screaming at people. No, Jesus says nothing about that either. What He does say, however, is that we need to 1) let others see our good works 2) glorify our Father.

God will take care of convicting people. We simply need to be ready and willing to let our actions show the inner faith within us.

I’d encourage you to read through today’s passage again, and think of ways that you can prepare yourself to always be ready to love and enrich the lives of others for the name of Christ.