In 1998 Miracle Camp had a counselor that was used to impact many of his campers to rededicate their lives to Christ- as several of our counselors do year after year. This counselor inspired one particular camper t0 completely change. This camper went through the rest of his life growing in his walk with the Lord.
In 2005 this former camper returned to MC to give back as a camp aide. The camp aide program only strengthened his walk. It made him want to give back even more. During his time as a camp aide, he also made a camp classic- tye-dye shirt.
In 2008 this former camper and previous camp aide took his desire to serve from Miracle Camp, Michigan to Malawi, Africa on a missions trip. He brought along some old, ratty cloths from high school- including the tye-dye shirt from 2005. During his experience, he was impacted by the poverty and piety of the Malawian people. He was inspired to leave many of the belongings he had brought with him.
In 2011 This well-traveled, former camper and previous camp aide was watching television. The Amazing Race was showing an episode in Malawi, Africa. His eyes widened as he saw memories of his trip flash across the screen. His mouth dropped to the floor when in the background of one scene he saw the same tye-dye shirt he had left back in 2008.
In this way, the influence of one summer camp counselor in 1998 made its way onto the Amazing Race.
Think back over your life, how far does your impact stretch? Who have you been investing in? Who can you serve today?
I leave you today with a quote by Steve Kroschel from his documentary “The Gerson Miracle”
“For each of us eventually, whether we are ready or not, someday we will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions plans and “to do” list will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or on what side of the tracks you lived at the end. It wont matter if you’re beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought but what you built. Not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
A life lived that matters is not one of circumstance but of choice”
Show someone the love of Christ today. Who knows how far the effort may go.
Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director
P.S. You only have until 11/15/11 to participate in our free week of camp contest!
UPDATE: Here is a historic Miracle Camp pic. Looks like some Miracle Camp clothing has already made it around the world.
P.S.S. Check back Wednesday for a Wednesday rewind remake photo!