Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Mountain Star newsletter

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Friday, March 23, 2012

In His Hands

Rome wasn’t built in a day…and neither was South Mountain Christian Camp. We’ve undergone a lot of changes over the past 37 years, and that growth continues today. Just as the Camp has undergone growth, so has my role here. Over the past 14 years, my responsibilities have increased ten-fold! Each step of the way, I have been amazed that God could accomplish more though me than I could ever hope to accomplish on my own.


It reminds me of the day when Jesus fed the 5,000 with one little boy’s lunch. With five loaves and two fish, that boy could have set out to feed as many people as he could, on his own. But such a small amount wouldn’t have lasted long. Because he gave all that he had to Jesus, however, God was able to use that lunch to feed everyone (with 12 baskets of leftovers)!

This is what I want to do with my life. On my own, I can accomplish only so much. But when I give myself completely to God, he does more with my life than I ever thought possible. Philip Brewer wrote a poem that says,

“God uses what you have
to fill a need
which you never could have filled.

God uses where you are
to take you where
you never could have gone.

God uses what you can do
to accomplish what
you never could have done.

God uses who you are
to let you become
who you never could have been.”

That poem is called Five Loaves and Two Fishes.

Last month, our Camp board voted to make me Executive Director. This does NOT mean a change in leadership for South Mountain. OA and Charlotte still head up the Camp board and oversee this ministry, but this new title enables me to represent SMCC in a more substantial way. It also puts me in a position to continue learning from them from a different perspective. More personally, it gives me one more loaf to present to Jesus, to be used by Him however He sees fit.

My life is in His hands. I trust that yours is as well. There’s no better place to be. When we give ourselves to God, we can function as one. This is evidenced by those of you who partner with us in ministry through your support. You are making a difference!