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Many of our campers and other members of our faith family and friends head back to school this week!

Down here in Florida, School begins on Friday!  Let the countdown begin.  😉

I remember how this day made me feel.  It wasn’t always as endearing as the first day of camp…

Just a few things to think about and keep in mind as you begin this year.  There are going to be people and friends you meet that know Jesus, don’t know Jesus, and some searching for Jesus.  Stop and remember what camp felt like.  The same was true there as well.  Remember how you felt.  You and everyone around you fall into one of those categories – we all do.  But God gives us the blueprints for how we should treat our friends and others we may not consider friends – these blueprints show us how to share Jesus without even speaking a word.

In Galatians 5:22-23, the Word of God states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  These are the attributes we should strive to walk in daily.  It’s not easy.  In fact, it’s pretty tough.  It takes practice.  It takes grit.  It takes obedience.  BUT the good news is life can feel just like Camp PYOCA does.    Being determined to live and walk this way, brings us closer to Him but also attracts others.  Think about the qualities listed in those verses.  Is that someone you would want to call a friend?  I know I would.  Do your best to bring the same qualities and person you are at camp to your school as well!

So no matter your role today and this school year – parent, student, teacher, administrator, crossing guard, etc. – begin this school year with a fresh, new outlook.  Put your best foot forward and walk humbly with our God.

An old song (yes old, like me) that reminds me of how we should treat others and live is “The Walk” by Stephen Curtis Chapman.  It comes from Micah 6:8.  Give it a listen and Welcome Back to School!