When we talk about EQUIP Boot Camp to people, we try to communicate what makes it so special, so unique. There’s a simple and pungent list explaining that: Scriptural focus, intentional community, discipleship training, camp staff, and an interactive process. But as much as these things are put into place with Christ-honoring purposes, there are other things each of us bring with us or leave behind that can ‘make or break’ our camp experience.
While sunscreen and close-toed shoes are incredibly important to have at camp, there’s more than just a physical packing list that can help us prepare and have everything we need. So we want to take just a few minutes and talk about our heart packing list.
Oh, you’ve never heard about a heart packing list before? Or do you feel like it’s a cheesy thing to even talk about? Either way, we all have a heart packing list, and we all probably use it far more often than we know. A heart packing list includes things like:
–what you imagine camp will be like (fears, expectations, hopes)
–what you imagine yourself to be like at camp (attitudes, actions, interactions)
The list could go on and on depending on your desires and personality. But regardless of how long or short your list is, we don’t want to leave you to fend for yourself with this packing list, wondering if it’s safer to leave your deepest questions at home, or more desirable to camouflage the things you feel disqualify you from acceptance or grace, like:
–sins you’re wrestling with
–“quirky” things about you (a love for long boarding or Beethoven symphonies)
Put simply, we want you leave masks behind and bring it all.
“Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light” (John 3:20-21a)
Jesus’ sacrifice was for THIS: our eternal life, our belief in Him.
He so loves us, that we do not have to remain in darkness.
He so loves us, that we do not need to fear.
He so loves us, that we can allow our deeds to be exposed.
He so loves us, that we can practice truth.
He so loves us, that we can come to the light.
That goes for all of us! We do not have a prideful confidence in ourselves, or an ability to fix you. We accept that only God is capable, and that our job is to be openly weak so that His strength can be on display as we serve Him and you (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We are coming with open hands into this time together in the Word, to the Light of His presence, where we can see ourselves, each other, and (most importantly) Him clearly. Will you join us? Pack everything you need to, friend. We can’t wait for you to be here with us!
The Transform Team