Last week, I was dancing with the 5 to 6 year olds group, when a little girl looked at me and said, “You’re sweating.” I told her “I know,” wiped the sweat on my shirt, and kept dancing. She kept looking at me though. Finally, she went over to my stuff, grabbed my sweat rag, and tried to hand it to me. I had a kid on both arms, so I couldn’t really grab it. She saw that and proceeded to wipe the sweat off of me. I was going to tell her that she didn’t have to do that, but then I remembered that someone once told me when you decline someone’s help you are declining the opportunity for that person to bless you.
At the end of the day, everyone, campers and workers alike, get cool-pops. They are so refreshing and the kids love them. But I can’t tell you how many times I have declined a cool pop being offered to me from both the helpers and the campers. I regret not taking those opportunities to let our kids and volunteers bless me in that way.
I get blessed daily when the kids see me and ask, “Are we’re dancing today” or “What are we dancing to today,” or when they make song suggestions. I love their anticipation and excitement! I also love it when volunteers ask me, “How do you have so much energy?” I respond by giving God the glory because honestly, without Him, I would not be able to teach dance for two hours straight. Just to keep it real. God gives me energy to share with the kids, and they give that energy right back to me. I am hoping for a day when one of the kids will ask me how I stay so energized, so that I can give God the glory and share the Gospel with that kid. Keep me in your prayers on that request.
From being offered a cool-pop to a kid wiping sweat off of my brow, working at Summer Bible Camp is an opportunity to be blessed and allow others to bless me. I’m so grateful for John, D-lo, all of the interns, TeenLeaders, and volunteers at each camp that help make SBC so great!
“I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5