• Nick Hodges

Philippians 2:1-4 Takes Me Home

"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."

Someone once told me that it is nearly impossible to come to Caroline Furnace and not get hooked. Camp seeps into your soul, it latches there and sustains you while you’re not here. If there is one thing that I have noticed about camp over the years is that this passage is a great foundation for how we act. This passage is what I think of as a foundation for how the summer staff acts throughout the summer. You take fifteen to twenty college age adults and throw them together and they come out the other side closer than friends, they come out a family.

This passage is a great example of why this all works. Because we all gather for the glory of God; we do nothing out of selfish ambition, but for the betterment of the kingdom of God. How many times have I seen a counselor going out of their way to do something just because it will make the job of someone else a little easier? How many times do we intentionally do a job that isn’t strictly ours just because we know someone else doesn’t like to do it? The summer staff always looks out for each other’s best interests, and are never looking for praise for their work.

Every time I read this passage, I am reminded that no matter where I go, Caroline will always be here to welcome me home.

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