The Chronicles of The Best They Ever Had

Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -Acts 2:43-47

Thursday, May 05, 2005


Those stupid people from the summer internship i applied for just now decided they'd email me and let me know whether i got it. I didnt get it...which doesnt really matter and i kinda knew that...but they point is that they're morons for letting people know about a SUMMER internship less than a week before summer starts.
Anyways, they suck, and they're missing out. Actually, i wouldnt be surprised if i applied there again next summer...but they still suck.

On another note, we should pray every night after staff training and every night for support staff during the summer. God's really put it on my heart that we need a lot of prayer if we wanna see stuff happen. So we're gonna pray more for VCM next year, and i think we should do lots of corporate prayer at camp too. But if we are really pressing in, both in our own time and together, and not just praying so we can check something off our list (which i think can sometimes happen and we dont realize it)...we'll see stuff happen, no doubt. Also, it aint no coincidence that Gene has the theme as Prayer, considering that some of yall had that on your heart early on and that God has been putting it on my heart a lot recently, too.

Here's another thing i've thought about often in regards to us as family this summer. We really really cannot allow ourselves to be divided...which i think means that us, as those who are "leaders" and familiar with both camp and eachother, must be making conscious efforts to incorporate everyone and develop a truly cohesive family. We also must be aware of the fact that we often tend to be conceited, and make sure that we are placing others higher than ourselves (i believe its Philippians 2 that says that we are to consider everyone greater than ourselves). This pretty well-known scripture here from 1 Corinthians 12 tells us exactly how to act as a body:

21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

I think we all already know and understand the principles here, but it's good to be reminded of it and keep it at the front of our actions when acting with our spiritual family (that being the staff this summer). I definitely hope to read this scripture often this summer. We definitely need to recognize the extremity of us as ONE body that's displayed in the scripture. There have definitely been instances of staff looking down on other staff (i'd say everyone who is a part of this blog has done so, to some extent or in some form), when we actually need to be placing those that we see as lowly in the highest honor. But it really does just blow my mind to think about how God set it up so that if we were missing one staff member that God has placed there, it wouldnt work out (in both the natural and the spiritual realms). He even says that they are indispensable. Good golly! That word sticks out to me a lot. Also, as one body, what we do even right now effects one another. So lets come together and fight together and see awesome stuff happen!

But anyways, i really really didnt mean to write all that...i was gonna stop after the first paragraph...but lemme know what ya'll think.

One Love,


At 5/06/2005 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's awesome Luke. It's so cool how God confirms things by putting the same thing on many peoples hearts. Praying with John, Mike V. and you last summer before bed was probably the one thing I look back on the most. That night we prayed during the thunderstorm...God is amazing. Anyway, thanks for recognizing the need to include everyone and put everyone else first. I know of a few instances last summer where someone was in tears because feeling left out from the "core" group. Honestly I almost decided not to work at ROC because of that same issue. I didnt go to Jordan M's or hang out with the guys for that reason. Its just hard to include everyone, we all have our weaknesses and major annoyances...some more than others:) Perhaps we all need to add that to our prayer list for ROC.

My group here is doing something called the "encouragement project" where we go out onto the campus or in town and we encourage ppl with what God puts on our hearts. Almost every time they are really touched and edified by it. Perhaps during each week we could pray and ask God to put on our hearts someone new or someone we dont normally hang out with and then try to encourage them and include them all week. A little encouragment makes a big difference, trust me.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.


Post a Comment

<< Home