As we started day camp last week June 28th at our church, I was thinking of where these kids would be in another 10 years. They are kindergarten to 6th grade. What will their world be like? What will relationships be like? Technology continues to help us to spend more time by ourselves., as we can do most of or life with our cell phones and computers. We can put up cameras, monitor our homes from a distance and talk to someone at our front door. We can read, listen to music, text, play games, text some more and even set alarms for anything. Now with Covid 19 in 2020, this allowed some many people to become isolated and, due to various good and bad information, some are still concerned about this virus. This was and is an unprecedented event with no prior plans on how to handle. Our day camp theme this week revolves around the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness comes and goes but true joy through all circumstances remains constant with God. His plan for us always happens if we have faith in Him. I believe we can trust Him with our lives and do not have the right of the God of the universe to sat “why me?” My wife and I have worked through circumstances we have not volunteered for including infertility, cancer and my Parkinson’s. But as we continue through our day camp themes, God is always with us and we are never alone. AS we continue through this pandemic we need to get back into relationships we have lost in the past year. We need to show our kids how to relate to others and not to become technological hermits. I remember Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”. NIV. We need to reach out to encourage others. Texts are useful but sometimes a phone call is better and a drink or meal out together would be awesome. My wife Patti has a ministry of sending out cards for special occasions and also cards with notes. This includes for someone grieving, weddings, birthdays, health and even just a note of encouragement. She used to copy all these dates every year to next year’s calendar. A number of years ago, someone gave her a vertical calendar of each month. She keeps and adds to this each year! Let’s teach our kids and the adults we come in contact with life is more than buttons on a phone. Call someone this week who you have not talked to or seen for a while. Who is that person? ___________________
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