A former board member used talk about her experiences at bible camp as a child. The counselors at her camp would get the campers in a frenzy trying to discern if they had received, “the call.” “The call,” was the phrase used to communicate God had chosen them for a special purpose, i.e. to go into ministry. At her camp, it was a thing of great value. It separated you and placed you above all those who had not received, “the call.”
She would tell me how much anxiety this caused her. How would she know if she had received, “the call?” What if she didn’t and she wasn’t part of the “in” group? She was confident some were faking just to be included. It was a lot of pressure in a child’s mind. While she could laugh at it now, the experience did lead to some enduring angst.
When she would share her story, I would think about all the staff I had hired over the years who probably had no business working in a Christian camp. They were not a danger to children. They were just somewhat broken and not in the most intimate relationship with Jesus.
One of the great blessings in my life is watching these young people mature into wonderful adults. I can clearly discern the difference between their pre- and post-summer staff self. Each one, in some way, was transformed by the experience. The thing I’m always left wondering; do they understand God’s presence in it all?
Whether they realize it or not, through my invitation, God had called them out to some greater purpose. That purpose was to communicate God’s love to others who were also broken. And to accept God’s love for them, even though they were broken. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for people in this position, because I was called at a time when I was trying to shut God out.
Paul writes in Romans, “…those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Today, ask Christ to help you see where God’s transforming power is at work in your life. Then remember to look in some of the most unlikely places. Often this happens when we feel our most broken. (Romans 6: 28-32)