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40 Day Spiritual Journey – March 16
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Day 1

Friday, March 16

Scripture for the Day: Galatians 5  

I had an incredible opportunity this past summer to work at a Christian summer camp in Van, Texas called Sky Ranch.  It was, without question, one of the most fun times I have ever had in my life.  I remember my interview for the position at Sky.  I was asked if I was ready to “pour 100% of my heart into a cabin of kids all week and then rely on God to fill me back up in less than 24 hours.”  I confidently said, “Yes!” without knowing how difficult that actually was.  I worked for 11 weeks with different groups of kids.  Each week was a different challenge.  Each kid had a different story, a different background, different struggles, and different issues.

One of the coolest things about Sky Ranch was that as counselors, we had time every single day to take a break from activities, and dive into God’s Word with our campers.  My favorite lesson to teach the kids was from 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” This verse was not only encouraging to the campers, but it was also encouraging for me to hear.  Christ died so our sins could be forgiven and for our eternal salvation.  Christ gave all glory to God the Father when He was at His weakest, on the cross.  We need to give glory and honor to God when we are at our weakest.  I remember finishing this first week of camp, giving everything I had to that first group of kids, and thinking “How can I do this for 10 more weeks?”  I asked God to help me stay strong for the remainder of camp, and He worked through me like I had never seen before.  When I was at my weakest, Christ was at His strongest inside me.

Mike Laffey, Spiritual Formation Liaison; Youth Ministry Major

Prayer

Jesus, We have seen this truth realized in our lives repeatedly.  You give us grace.  You empower us in our weakness. We want to give you praise for your work on the cross that makes this possible. Amen.