Posted by: Pastor Tim Mason on Tue, Jul 1, 2008
Blessed to be a Blessing
Tuesday July 1, 2008
Wapo on Oahu.
The morning started out beautiful, but hot. The theme for today is “Blessed to be a Blessing.”
The staff prayed and discussed the day on the beach by 7:00 am and then the kids were woken to scripture reading, it is called, “First Word.”
I was the speaker during morning chapel and my Bible Text was Matthew 5:13-16:
“‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Since we are blessed through the death and resurrection of Christ, how do we ‘live out’ our blessing? Salt give flavor to food and makes food even more special; Light, even if it is only a small candle, can be seen from great distances even in pitch dark. In the same way our faith is what makes our life special. Through faith, people are encouraged, the lonely are comforted and death is even defeated through the promise of Christ, this kind of blessing is what the world is ‘craving’ for to be satisfied and healed!
Even in the darkest nights, a candle or small flashlight can be seen from great distances; the light of Christ can cut through any darkness of hopelessness.
The kids continued their day without me, as I had to return to Calvary for a wedding on Tuesday afternoon, and staff meetings on Wednesday.
I can’t say enough about the faithful dedication and enthusiasm of the Wapo counselors! They have accepted the challenge of Christ and are doing all they can to make sure our kids learn about their faith, see God in more of their surroundings, hear Christ calling them by name can sing about their faith and serve as followers of Jesus.
This camp has required a great deal of work, but I am so thankful for the lives that will be changed.
Grace and peace,
Check out the photos: http://www.calvarybythesea.org/mod/gallery/view-gallery.php?gallery_id=178