Thursday, 10 May 2007

See the Need - Meet the Need

Spring always reminds me that summer is just around the corner. For the past 10 years or so summer has meant that we have got to spend some time at camp. Ryerson Christian Camp is on 68 acres overlooking beautiful Lake Erie and is near Turkey Point, Ontario. Nothing beats a week at camp. Fried oats over an open fire, amazing worship and sessions, vesper point views, sponge wars, camp out night and of course campfires. (If you want to know more about the camp or sign up your kids I have been filing out registration forms for my kids and I am slightly jealous. I tried to talk them into family camp this year but they want to go to camp without their parents. My oldest reminded me that camp is his "vacation". A twelve year old that needs a vacation!

One of the things I love about Ryerson is that the directors and staff teach by example. They have a passion for Jesus that teaches my kids through worship and sessions. They love my kids simply because they were created by God. They share with my kids their own walks with Christ and they challenge them that they can serve Jesus too. It is an amazing place where Christ is the centre and children can come just as they are and learn about Him and His unconditional love.

There is a saying at camp, "See the need - meet the need". I don't know who came up with it but it is one of the most profound statements that I know. Sometimes, I remind my kids and I often hear them repeating this saying as they help around the house, help to set up all the equipment at church or when they are telling me about school and an issue has arisen where they felt they needed to do something.

We have also talked about this saying not just in regards to tasks but in the context of relationships with people. If we see someone that is sad what should we do? If we see someone that needs help, what should we do? If we see someone that doesn't know about Jesus - what should we do? If we have been made aware of a need what is our response? This saying is all about what God did for us. He saw our need to be saved and He sent Jesus to bring us back to Him. Throughout scripture we see examples of needs that Jesus met. He met physical needs and spiritual needs for people that God created and loved and we are challenged through His example to do the same.

So as you feel the warm spring air on your face today and you go about your day, take a look what needs do you see? How will you meet them?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kim! I love your blog... and your kids. And someday I hope I'm as good a mom as you. And then I can send my kids to Ryerson and maybe Liam will be their counsellor!!
    I passed your link on to some of the staff to read.
    Love Heather