I’m spending this week at camp with 40 students from our youth group. These kids are great and I’m really enjoying spending time with them and getting to know them better. I’ve always loved weeks at camp because that meant that it was time away from the responsibilities and routines of daily life at home and an opportunity to be immersed in the goodness of God. There’s always so much to learn at camp and I’ve found that God opens my eyes to new things each year. I’m so thankful that I have this opportunity to pour into the lives of these students and allow my life to be poured into.
The week thus far has been amazing and we’ve all been learning about love. Specifically, God’s unconditional love. Bible study groups are diving into what the Bible says about God’s love for us and His pursuit of us. In church group devotions last night, small groups of students worked together to define “love”. What is love? What isn’t love? What we all found was that love is difficult to define. What we know of love is usually based on what society tells us it is. Social media paints unrealistic images of love and our minds are so drawn to those compelling images that soon, our hearts begin to succumb to these false messages as well. One group, while discussing what love is not, wrote this:
“Love is not hateful. It is not scared of being hurt. It’s not all about you and it’s not a one-way street. Love is not fake. It is not based on lust. Love is not about what you can get, it’s what you can give. It’s not what you give or get, it’s what you have and what you do with it.”
In other words, love is not at all about what we feel. Love can’t be based on emotions. Love is simply about reflecting the love our Father has already given to us. I, alone, will never be able to love others well. Without knowing real love, I’ll never know how to give real love. I’m so thankful that we have been given the ultimate example of what true love is…Jesus Christ.
Learning to Love Well…