*Nakakpost ako ng marami ngayon kasi wala akong magawa habang nagbuburn yung isang katerbang cd’s sa background…*
No Shortcuts: Reclaiming the Journey of the Cross
From October 24-30, IVCF NCR/REGION IV Held it’s annual Leadership-Discipleship Camp. This time, it was in a place called "The Lord’s Garden", in Laguna. There were around 80 campers and 46 counselors, though not all of us were ther at the same time due to academic requirements in the middle of camp
For me and most of the counselors, we were there from the 22nd til the 31st for pre and post-camp.
View this photoGetting to the campsite involves crossing a river due to a bridge torn-down down by the storm "Milenyo."
I have learned many thing from being a counselor:
1. The little things count. Every stare, wave, hi, hello, smile, or frown can make a difference.
2. Leadership really is servanthood. The more you lead, the more you serve, and that includes late night plannings, double portion dishwashing, super-kaldero washing, and even foot-washing.
3. God is my strength. Though I have learned this after posting "Lagare", I was able to apply it to the max, sleeping on the AVERAGE, 4 hours a day for 10 days, all while being stressed out by the decisions that need to be made.
4. Die to Self. Daily. I’ve recently made a commitment to actively remind myself every morning that "it is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me."
5. We weren’t called counselors for nothing. The counselor’s resposibility is primarily to serve God through helping the campers grow and change to become Christ-like. It is a noble task which must be handled with much care, precaution, and fervor.
6. And, from my journal (October 27): "The question for us, I guess, is not about where and how to die, but where we choose pour out uor life for the glory of the One who deserves it!"
If (implies an active choice) anyone decides to come after Jesus, he must
DENY himself… (abandon all deseries which are not from God)
TAKE up his cross… (hold on to it, hold on to nothing else, hold on to death)
Follow Christ… (Be like Christ, share in his sufferings)
***Did we really think about this when we chose Christ?***
A nice quote I got hours before I left Manila for the camp, while visiting JB’s church:
"sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other people apologize or change. Don’t worry whetheror not they finally understand you. Love them andrelease them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own wayand time – just like it does for you and me." – Sara Paddison