Living in Harmony

The truck door slammed as the teen survival camp director started the engine and left us in the dust. We had loaded most of our stuff into the bed of the pickup which would go most of the way up the road to the campsite we'd be calling home for this week. It was Sunday evening and the counselor and myself were left with the campers to hike the couple of miles of muddy roads back to where the truck couldn't go any further. From there, we would each grab our things and haul them the last quarter of a mile up an extremely steep hill to the campsite. I picked up my duffle bag, sleeping bag, and foam pad, and, slinging my camera bag onto my back, began the long trek up the hill. It was slow going and I discovered that I'm not in as good of shape as I had thought I was. I wasn't alone, however. I joined a couple of the teens in leaving half of our luggage halfway up the hill and coming back for it. After that, we had to go back to the truck and bring the rest of the food and supplies we would need for the week. Some of the stuff was so big that it took several of us to haul them up the hill to the campsite.

Our theme this week at Indian Creek Camp is "Living in Harmony." Jesus said in John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Later that same night, Jesus prayed that His disciples would have unity (John 17:21). This doesn't mean that we are only unified with those we like or with those that we agree with about everything. No, this is something that God expects of us no matter what. How are you going to react to people who disagree with you? What are you going to do when you see a brother or sister who needs help? Are you going to let them struggle on their own, or will you go back down the hill and help them with their burdens?

Striving for harmony,

Pastor Sutherland