Coming down off the mountain

Updated: Feb 15

It’s hard to believe summer is over, but as I helped my kids get off to their first day of school last week, I was reminded of this reality.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about summer is camp. I have a heart for sharing Jesus with young people and helping them make wise choices in their teen years, so I often spend my summers preaching and teaching at summer camps around the nation. Camp is such a life-changing experience because students are able to get away from the pressures and distractions of life, allowing them to get real with God. I saw God do amazing things this summer during camp.

But as I think about this, I wonder how many of these young people keep the Godly passion they felt at camp and take it into their schools this year. Spiritual highs such as camp are often called a “mountaintop experience.” But what about when we come down off the mountain?

If you are a student heading to school this week (or an adult going to work), remember to keep God real each and every day. Here are few ways to do that: 1) Study up.I know that homework will soon start piling up, but don’t forget to study the most important book – the Bible. Knowing and understanding God’s word can help lead you in the right direction and make the right decision in tough times. 2) Talk to the Teacher. Don’t neglect taking the time to talk with God each day. Prayer doesn’t have to be difficult. Just tell God about your day, your fears and frustrations and ask him to help you through the difficulties life will bring this year. 3) Make friends. Friends are a big influence on what you say and do – both good and bad. Surround yourself with those who share your passion for God and will encourage you. Find a church home and get plugged into a discipleship.

It’s easy to get distracted as we get back to a “normal” schedule of school, but make an effort to stick with Christ this year. I think you will quickly see what a difference it will make. -- Jay

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