It’s over. Just like that 5 days of being away at camp passed fleetingly before your eyes. All the meal shifts, gaga ball games, waterfront activities, worship, and quiet times are gone in the blink of an eye.
Something in you changed at camp. Maybe you heard a message that spoke so strongly and clearly to you that you have no idea what to do. Maybe you rededicated your life to Christ. Maybe you signed the Salvation Wall. Whatever it is, you know for sure that you’re a different person than when you walked onto camp. Now you have to venture back into the Wild of your everyday normal life without the immediate accountability that camp allows.
It Can Be Rough
Living the Wild post-camp Jesus life isn’t easy. You’ll get sidetracked. You’ll want to quit. You’ll struggle with what Satan throws at you.
When we draw nearer to God, Satan gets mad. He gets upset and he will do anything to destroy us. So when we come back from an experience where we grow closer to God and spend a good part of our time worshipping Him, the enemy starts scheming ways to tear us down and rip us away from God.
So life after camp can be rough if you aren’t prepared with the right tools to face the struggles you left at home. Everything you built and created in your relationship with God can be torn down.
There are two key points to keep in mind after camp.
Into the Word of God
The first big step is to dive into the Word of God. You need to take the time to sit down each day and spend time in God’s Word so that it will be in your hearts and on your mind when the attack comes.
There are multiple verses in the Bible that command us to take His Word into our hearts.
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
“He answered, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22
By reading, learning, and understanding the Word, we gain the protection and wisdom we need to fight off the enemy’s attacks.
Live it Boldly
The second step is to live it out boldly.
If you truly experienced the grace of God, then you would want to share it with everyone you come in contact with. You need to live out the truth that your life has been changed boldly. You have to accept the fact that this wasn’t just a week away from home, but rather a radical and incredible kick-start to the life change you needed. God put this change on your heart and now your job is to listen to Him and act on it.
Dedication and Practice
Now, living this way is not easy, and it won’t come overnight. It takes tons of dedication and patience. Satan will bring his hardest punches right after camp. He’ll hit you on the things that matter most like friends, family, and thoughts about yourself. He’ll make you fall into a comparison trap of camp versus real life. As much as we all wish it was possible, camp can’t go on forever and the enemy will make us resent that fact. It will become easier to argue with your parents, because he wants to keep you from growing in those relationships. Your friends may not understand because he wants to make you feel isolated. He wants it to seem like camp was a dream, that what you experienced was not real.
When you live in the Word and live out life change boldly, facing these attacks becomes easier. You will lean on God and trust Him to lead you in the Wild and to a deep and good life with Jesus in your heart.