Reading: I Corinthians 13: 4
Love is patient. But are humans patient? Patience is a hard thing to learn; but, it is a good virtue to have. I learned patient from a boy named Brian.
Brian was one of my first campers when I was a counselor at Mount Luther. I could tell from the first day that Brian would be a challenge. He turned out to be one of the worst behaved campers to ever come to our camp. He antagonized other campers, used foul language, and was very trying to his first- year counselor. At times I felt at wit's end. I just didn't know what to do.
By the end of the week, we had Brian calmed down. He was civil and was listening to instructions and abiding by the rules. On the last day of camp, he acted up again. When his mother came to get him, he told her, "See, I made it." Evidently, his mother said he wouldn't last the week at camp.
Although we had talked about sending Brian home early, I'm glad we didn't. You could tell on Saturday that he felt a sense of accomplishment for staying all week. I think the camp experience was good for him.
And despite pulling out my hair, it was a good experience for me. I learned patience that week. I learned that you have to take things as they come and just wait to see what happens. At times I wanted to react and punish Brian. But at times, it was better to wait until a more appropriate time.
By learning patience, we can be better people. And, we can also learn to get rid of stress in the process.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Think of ways that you could be more patient. Write them down and work on them in the next week.
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