Years back I read the book Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski; my older brother had read it and then suggested that I do the same. It was interesting, challenging, and truly inspiring. But…I was 14. It was like a spark that never became a flame. It created a desire to act, to experience, and to live out my faith. But soon, over time, all that faded and I continued my regular life of a teenager.
In his book, Mike and his friend Sam are just average middle class Christian guys who decide to go from comfort and wealth to poor, hungry, dirty, ignored homelessness. All by choice. All because they wanted to see if their faith could handle themselves being uncomfortable.
Like I said, for me, this book was inspiring. Then I moved on with “my life” and never did a thing. This is why I think I’m so in love with the idea behind GO! Camp.
I was 14, got inspired, and then just let it all fade away into nothingness.
I’ve never been to GO! Camp, true. However, from what I have heard about it, seeing the results of just its first year, and having witnessed just a little bit of the passion behind the people who run this camp – I know something about it has to be awesome.
Through service opportunities, meaningful worship and group discussion [campers will] grow deeper in their faith and leave ready to put it into action.
This sounds like something I needed when I was 14. Something to help me find a way to put it all into action. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
People like to deceive themselves by thinking that going to church is all it takes. That Jesus NEVER actually said ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
“We do need to be born again, since Jesus said that to a guy named Nicodemus. But if you tell me I have to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God, I can tell you that you have to sell everything you have and give it to the poor, because Jesus said that to one guy, too. But I guess that’s why God invented highlighers, so we can highlight the parts we like and ignore the rest.” – Shane Claiborne
Throw away your highlighter.
Be doers of the word. Not hearers only.