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Jul 06, 2016

A Giving Heart

As Christ-followers, we are called to love the people around us: our friends, our family, and anyone else that might cross our paths.  This is a passage of scripture that portrays a lot of what it means to love one another.  Jesus said it best:

            “‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

– Matthew 25:35-40

The church, after reading this passage, often struggles with the question, Are we doing this? After all, it is what Christ directly told us to be doing.  Essentially, we need to show Christ’s love to people, and actions of Christ’s love come in many forms.  A Loucon’s summer staffer, Elena, shared a special story of a camper with a giving heart, a heart that was open actions of love. 

Elena was working one day at Loucon’s canteen.  This is where, during a camper’s swim time, they can come up to the canteen and get snacks and drinks with their canteen money.  Parents or guardians can add to the camper’s canteen money at the beginning of the week during check-in, and some tend to put quite a bit of money into their child’s canteen money account.  Elena met this camper who fit this criteria.

This camper had more than enough money to last him the week, and he wasn’t going to run out of it.  This camper informed Elena that he was interested in sharing some of his money with campers who had little to no money left in their account.  Elena was surprised that he had gotten this idea without any prompting from staff; she saw that his heart was genuine and giving. So, she agreed that he could do this if he wanted. 

Elena found out how much he was willing to share, and then she divided it on the account paper among some campers who did not have much money to begin with or did not have any canteen money left.  Even that day, campers got to experience the blessing of canteen because of the actions of this generous camper. 

Later, Elena got to talk to him about what he did and why he wanted to do it.  He answered her by saying that he had been blessed to have that money, and he wanted to bless other people too!  Elena could tell that this was purely out of kindness and with humility.

At the beginning of the week, Elena said her and another counselor were worried that he was not enjoying camp.  But she said that it did not take long until they could tell that he was understanding and interested in the messages at Loucon’s worships, and they even saw him living out the truths he was learning throughout the week.  God’s ability to transform lives is real and powerful.  This one action was followed by other signs of Christ in his heart for the rest of the week.

Our God saves and is all-powerful.   We are his servants, and as servants we are told to love.  In Matthew 25, we are reminded to be servants, and that by serving others we also serve Christ.  This camper’s servant heart is something that should inspire us to daily act in love, even doing things that seem small, to love the people around us.  This is what Jesus did; as His followers, we must do the same!

“Above all, love each other deeply…” -1 Peter 4:8

 

Christina Faulls

Multimedia Intern

Camp Loucon

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