There’s something paralyzing about the amount of information and knowledge in the world. Accessible. Looming and shouting. Taunting and bullying, interrogating and intimidating us left and right.
I don’t mean to be completely discouraging or pessimistic; but the more time that I live on this earth, the more aware I become of just how little I know.
Now, the really depressing part: most people consider me a well-educated child of the American middle class. So why is it that most days I’m overwhelmed by the vast ocean of books, facts, principles, issues and subjects?
We could blame technology that has broadened our understanding of just how many worldviews, beliefs and contradicting “truths” exist in the world. But longing for a time in history when people were illiterate won’t fix anything, neither will hiding from the world and holing up to rehearse what we believe over and over again. We all want answers, solidity, guidance; and when so many Americans grow up with ‘churches on every corner’ all saying different things, it just doesn’t make things any clearer.
I was confused. Confused to the point of irritation with a church that ignored its own hypocrisies. Angry at a God who seemingly wouldn’t speak clearly through all the mud, or silence the lies so I could actually hear this truth that I was supposed to believe. I was depressed and cynical, which didn’t help anything.
But for all the mess in my mind, and all the questions I’ve faced in my time in high school and college, I am so grateful that my parents sent me to Transform’s EQUIP Boot Camp in 2009.
Let me be clear: my parents sent me. I did not volunteer to come, and (for more reasons than I will explain now) it was the last place on earth that I wanted to be. But it was the best gift I could have received at that time (even though it started out feeling like a punishment).
So for the next week I’ll be sharing with you 7 REASONS high school students should come to this year’s EQUIP Boot Camp. There are so many more than just seven. So I’ll sneak in an extra one here that ties into what I was talking about above: the world never stops shouting.
Again, that’s not to be pessimistic; it’s just a fact. Christians don’t receive a pair of heavenly earmuffs to block out the world. Elijah had to stand strong through a rockslide, earthquake and fire before he got to hear the voice of the Lord and speak with Him (1 Kings 19:11-13). That’s a lot of noise, folks. The turmoil of life can easily feel like natural disasters, and has the ability to be every bit as tiring and destructive.
EQUIP Boot Camp shielded and protected me from the chaos of my life and the shouting of the world for a week; but it also forced and allowed me to sit and humbly listen to God speak in His Word. The world didn’t stop shouting while I was there; but I wasn’t as exposed or vulnerable to it. The world didn’t stop shouting when I left camp a week later either; but the Lord had instilled His voice through His Word, and I now had something (Someone) else to listen to when storms rage.
Don’t miss the opportunity to benefit from EQUIP Boot Camp (applications are DUE February 1st). Share this camp with someone you know, or A-P-P-L-Y today for yourself (staff applications are also DUE Feb 1st)!
Joy Knight was a 2014 intern, with degrees in English and Music. She of course loves good books and music, is a minor-league foodie and enjoys the outdoors. She started working fulltime on the Transform staff September 2014, where she seeks opportunities to serve the students and users of Precept through writing and other projects.