Reading: Matthew 11: 2-15
Being on a camp staff is a rewarding experience. I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of campers, who have stories to tell, examples to illustrate, and humor to add in tough times.
But some of the campers I remember most were not the ones who always had something to say. Many of the campers who truly touched me were ones who sat and absorbed what we had to say. They had no remarks to make but looking into their eyes, I could tell that they understood what we were trying to get across.
Campers came in many different shapes and sizes. All are unique and have something to share. Many of the campers will be from good families, have nice clothes, and expensive equipment. But a lot of the campers come from bad home lives and other depressing situations.
In this passage, Jesus was speaking to the people about John, the Baptist. He was a simple, everyday, ordinary kind of guy. He didn't have fancy clothes, or flaunt his possessions. Not everyone appreciated him or understood the deep significance of his ministry. The campers who you may really touch are those who have rocky pasts but great hope for the future. Hopefully, they listen and our teachings help them in some small way.
Jesus reminded the people about John. He told them to pay attention and not to miss the significance of what they were hearing. If you keep your ears open, you may hear stories about how you have affected a child. And it may the child that didn’t say much, but got the message.
Listen then, if you have ears. You'll be surprised at the things you can hear. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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