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TOF – How Do You Respond?

July 26th, 2013


Sunday, July 7, 2013

 

 

Rules. How do you respond to them?

 

“Well, I usually follow them, I guess.” If you can sneak around them, do you? If you can do something and not get caught, do you? If you obey the rule but have a stinky attitude, is it still okay?

 

Probing questions. Hmm… We’ll have rules for camp tomorrow. We’ll have rules all week at camp. Most importantly, how’s your attitude?

 

Last Wednesday, a bunch of the guys seemed to focus on wanting to be a good influence on the other guys in their cabin. Want to know one of the best ways you can do that? Obey the rules with a servant’s spirit. Even if you hate them (the rules, not your cabin-mates!). A couple rules you’ll be following will really test your attitude next week:

 

No electronics, even on the bus. It’s either, “Ok. No problem.” Or “What?! No phone or game system or music on the bus?! What will I DO for 3 hours?!” How about, like, talk to people. Whoa. Mind bomb.

 

Follow OUR dress code. Ladies, skirts and dresses to the evening services. Guys, no jeans to the evening services. And wear a belt. And tuck in your shirts. Some of you can’t even do that for church! So, it will be a test to your attitude. It’s either, “well, my counselor said I could wear this…” or, “I know the rules. I’ll just follow them.” We always dress up MORE than even the counselors. Just expect to be an example and stand out a little. Weird? Maybe. But how’s your spirit?

 

No “Number 7!” Number 7 is the Ironwood rule for no guy/girl contact. Weird? Maybe. But how is your attitude about the rule? Can you go a week and be okay? Or will you try to find ways around the rule? Even on the bus, our rule has always been no guys/girls sitting in a paired seat. How do you respond to that?

 

I’m not accusing you. I’m just asking. How’s your spirit. Always obey. But always obey with the right attitude, too. – Bro. Ryan.

 

CAMP – This Monday – Saturday. Meet at the church at 7am. You can make it in one suitcase, right? J

Perhaps you could email Pastor Goetsch and let him know you’re praying for him. Just a thought. pastorgoetsch@gmail.com You could even email him today while you’re thinking about it if you have email set up on your phone.

 

NO AFTERGLOW TONIGHT – Pack for camp instead.

 




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