Why does summer have to be so short in North Dakota? I have a long list of activities and projects that I want to accomplish this summer, and I am not sure there will be enough time. I decided to write them on a calendar. Otherwise, I am certain I will fail to complete even half of my list before school starts again in August.
The first activity on my list is Bible camp. In fact, I am now writing this article from Bible camp. I have been fortunate to establish a relationship with a local Bible camp over the past several years. I have spoken at the camp, my children attend camp there, and my wife has even accompanied me some years. I am impressed to see a number of adults donating their time to make this Bible camp work. There is a lot of work to be done at camp, and every job is critical to a successful week. Where would we be without our cooks, maintenance crew, office staff, nurse, and counselors?
Another activity on my summer list is Vacation Bible School. Our church joins the ranks of many others that welcome children for a week to have fun and learn about Jesus. Vacation Bible School is a joy, but it also hard work. A crowd of children demands a team of loving adults who will guide them through their activities, and children’s ministry leaders celebrate every person who pitches in to help.
There are plenty of other activities in our community that require volunteers: Christian music concerts, church picnics, youth events, short term mission trips, etc.
Will you make the time to share the burden for providing ministry opportunities for our community? I know it is difficult to make the time. I realize saying “yes” to volunteering requires you to say “no” to something else, but volunteering is always rewarding and often a lot of fun. Ask your pastor or youth director where they need help. Make the most of your summer by investing in the eternity of someone else.
Acts 20:35 – In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”