at our church, each summer we have a spectacular amount of camps… inordinate amount of camps… 99.9% of them (not an exactly percentage, but you know what i mean) are sports camps, and a few day camps. we have ONE creative arts camp. we have ONE camp specifically designed for kids that really get the arts. that really love to design, paint, sing, dance, act, set design, the creative arts… each year the campers learn an entire show, build a set, learn parts and put on a big production… in one week. it is unbelievable.
this church focuses on arts more than most. we have a huge worship ministry. we have many opportunities for kids to participate in choir shows. i often joke that when kids that have performed or participated on our stage go to college, they will not be intimidated by the surroundings they will find. we have a big place to do big things.
but seriously. ONE camp? what that tells us is that possibly there are some people getting left out. if they dont know about this one camp, they might be missing something big. a way to use their gifts, not on a field, but on a stage.
don’t get me wrong. i love sports. i love sports camps. i love watching my kids play sports…. i just also love that they have an opportunity to do both. i love that there is a place to use the creative talents with a holy foundation. i love that they get to learn how to hone their craft to honor the one that gave it to them. creative arts camp is a beautiful thing.
i would encourage you to find outlets for your gifts. what types of things have you done lately to seek out opportunities to use your god-given talents? what are some camps and opportunities that we may not know about? what places have you found to express yourself? where are you making a joyful noise?
Psalm 100:4 (The Message)
4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.