Last weekend was our annual Middle School Fall Retreat. Every year around this time we take students to Camp McCall in Sunset, SC (just outside Greenville, SC) for a weekend of outdoor adventures (hikes, zip lines, and high ropes course), bon fires and Bible Study.
This year for our study we took a look at three common, everyday items and applied them to our spiritual lives. The three things we looked at were toothpaste, trash, and toast.
For toothpaste we looked at the similarities of our mouths and toothpaste tubes. Just like a toothpaste tube our mouths can make a mess if we say something we shouldn’t and once something comes out of our mouths it can never be put back in. We looked at James 1:19 as our main passage of scripture. We talked about the need for us as Christians to follow this verse and be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Travis, one of our former college students who is considering a call to ministry, lead the second session. He did a great job talking about the need for us to get rid of the trash in our lives. We do this a few ways:
1) Looking around. Taking a look at our lives and seeing what shouldn’t belong. We do this by inviting others and God to look and see the sin that’s in our lives. Psalms 139:23-24 was our main passage for this session.
2) Taking out a load. Sin like trash piles up, gets heavy, and starts to stink if we do not take it out. So we need to get rid of the sin in our lives. Jesus has already taken out sin away, but we often carry around the load that He’s already carried.
3) We need to repeat steps 1 and 2 a lot!!
In our third and final session we talked about understanding and trusting in God’s timing for our lives. Proverbs 3:5-6 was our main passage for this session. One of the main points for this session was we as humans think we are right until we are proven wrong. Thinking the earth was flat and the center of the universe are good examples of this.
For us to think we know what’s best for our lives is a pretty arrogant way of thinking.
We looked at three familiar tips for knowing and understanding God’s will.
1) Pray. We defined this as simply talking to God. Nothing fancy, no big words, just talking with our heavenly father.
2) Talk. We need to invite others into our lives. We need trusted adults who have lived more life than them to help them walk through life.
3) Read. We need to read our Bibles. This is another way we get in tune with who God is and what He wants. He see how He moves and operates. No other book on the planet can speak to us the way Bible can! We’ve got a great tool at our disposal, but do we use it?
We had a great retreat and I’m looking forward to how God is going to use what we talked about in our student’s lives!