- What is discipline to you?
- How do you keep a watchful eye when you are on the lookout for something?
- How do you practice self-control?
Reading: I Peter 5: 8
When I was a camp counselor, I was constantly counting the number of campers I had, making sure everyone was there that was supposed to be there. Being watchful of the kids in your care is an important part of the job of a counselor.
This verse from I Peter is also telling us to be watchful. It reminds us that, like a roaring lion, our adversary is looking for someone to devour. Or, as the camp song “Shut De Do’” reminds us, “Satan is an evil charmer looking for a soul to hurt; and without your holy armor, he will eat you for dessert!” We must constantly be on the lookout for the tempter who will lead us down a bad path.
How do we do that? In the first part of this verse, we are told to discipline ourselves. Discipline is a hard thing. We have to make a commitment, stick with it, and not stray from the narrow path. Through thick and thin, we need to set our eyes on God and shut the door on the devil, keeping him in the night! By allowing the light of Christ to dwell in us richly, we can be watchful and make sure we are always counting our blessings, instead of being regretful for doing down the wrong path. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video of the song, "Shut De Do."