Thursday, April 22, 2010

Familiarity on the Ropes Course

It’s been said that familiarity breeds contempt. While that may be true from a worldly perspective, it’s not something to which believers in Christ are bound. The phrase means that when you really get to know someone, you no longer have respect for them because you see all of their faults. Paul, however, explained a different way of viewing people in 2 Corinthians 5:16 when he said, “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!” (NLT) As believers, we can look beyond one another’s faults to see that the same Spirit abides within each one of us, and that Spirit gives us a common bond.

I saw this beautifully demonstrated last month when a group from a church in Tennessee came for a weekend retreat. They spent all day Saturday on both our High and Low Ropes Courses. These activities are designed to put groups in challenging situations so that they can learn to work through their differences and function together as a team. After watching them manage their way through our difficult arrangement of cables, ropes and platforms, I was amazed to see that they functioned with more cooperation, patience, and respect than any group I can remember. After getting to know them a little better, I found that they came from a small church and that they all have a very close relationship. I believe it was that closeness that enabled them to function together so beautifully. They didn’t evaluate each other from a human perspective, but looked beyond that to the Spirit within. In their case, familiarity enabled them to trust one another more, which translated to more success on the ropes course.

The same can be said of our relationship with God. In this week’s Bible study, Camp Founder O.A. Fish said, “The more familiar we are with God, the more faith we will have in Him.” It is so true that as we get to know our Heavenly Father more, we will find ourselves trusting Him more. That’s how we know that He will provide for our needs here at the Camp, even in a difficult economy. He is always faithful, both to me and to you, and He will never let us down. Get to know your Father a little better today.

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