After Camp Devotional - Day 5

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And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, Greek nor rulers. neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38 NLT

At this point, can you even REMEMBER what camp was about? It probably feels like it happened months or even YEARS ago. It’s usually right around this point that the crazy good feeling you had at the camp starts to fade quite a bit. It’s totally normal to love the amazing worship, awesome activities, or the great people that you got to experience when you were away at camp . And it’s also normal to miss those things and those feelings as time goes by. Trips like these are special times, and they’re definitely helpful when we need a restart, refresh, or boost in our relationship with God. 

And while those good vibes and feelings may fade, believe it or not, you can still keep the spirit of the retreat going all year long. It’s just going to take some effort on your part. Keeping up with the plan that you made will help you to apply the things you’ve learned, and continuing to be connected with friends will help you stay accountable when other things start to get in the way. And at the end of the day, while the memories of the event itself might fade, the things you’ve learned don’t have to! But . . . it’s up to you. 

Today, ask yourself this question:

What are some things I can do to keep learning and growing? 

If you’re having a tough time thinking of anything, reach out to a leader or an adult in your life that you respect. They’ll be able to help guide you to helpful verses, books, studies, or even other devotionals that will help you grow in your relationship with God.

Here is a quick suggestion. Download the Bible App. After that, here are some great devotionals you can start tomorrow that are in that free app. (If you don’t have a phone you can do them on a computer.

The truth is, the same God who gave you that incredible experience at camp or on your retreat is the SAME God at home. He loves you, cares for you, and always wants the best for you. And we can trust that nothing, and I mean nothing, will stop God from loving you. There’s even a whole list in Romans 8:38-39 of all the things that CAN’T separate us from God. He loves you so much.  And He can meet you and help you grow right where you are—even at home. Don’t let your camp experience stop here. Keep it going by looking for your next opportunity to grow. You can do it!

Spend some time in prayer asking the Lord to help you find a consistent time to meet with Him in God’s word. Ask God to keep that passion from camp to overflow to your home and school life. Thank Him again for the amazing week we had at camp.