As I am typing this, I am still trying to recover from the intense weekend I have had! If you have been paying attention to my posts (and Facebook and Twitter), I was at W.O.W. 2015, otherwise known as Weekend of Warriors. And there was non stop fun and craziness from start to finish.
From the moment the campers stepped off their buses and loaded into the caravans (because apparently buses can't drive on the river like other cars can), our weekend had started. Well to be honest, my weekend started as soon as I stepped foot onto the camp site because we had to get our cabins and everything ready for the kids when they got there.
The first night wasn't too bad, just lots of cheering and such, and a very late lights out. I should've picked up on the foreshadowing though on how crazy it would truly be. Everything from Cabin Wars to Crud Wars and whatever else you can think of in between.
*Cough cough* Red all the way *cough cough*
My fellow TL was stellar (You are awesome Bri!), and my 13 girls were the sweetest things ever! It's insane what running across a huge camp site, while struggling to get a bunch of tasks done, and cabin times can do to grow a friendship. Plus I got to see all the new friends I had made in January (even though I know have to wait until July to potentially see them again).
2015 is supposed to be my year for traveling so how it has kicked off potentially might be the best way ever and it's only February.
This weekend, while it was an amazing opportunity to officially get away from everything (especially technology!), it was also an amazing opportunity to grow in my faith and help others as well.
What was amazing though is what we were able to preach to the kids. We were able to disciple to younger kids, and help them understand Jesus' words and what their worth was. One of my favorite parts about this weekend, involving this very specific thing, was the synonym Mario O. used for us and a $100 dollar bill. If he crumbled it up, would you still want it? Heck yeah! I'm a college kid, I will take whatever I can to help with fees and stuff.
What if he crumbled it up, and stomped on it on the ground, would you still want it?
What about if he crumbled, stomped on it, spit in it, and then tore it but was able to tape it up and it was still the exact worth?
Moral of this was that it is no matter how much you feel torn, or crumbled or just ready to break apart, you still hold so much worth because you are a daughter (or son) of the Almighty King. You hold so much more worth than you could ever imagine.
Another of my favorite messages he talked about involved the infamous Crud War and Frio River. It went something like this: It is incredible on how we can go into a mud pit and throw ketchup, mustard, chocolate syrup, shaving cream and dog food at each other and be a complete mess, then go to the river and take a plunge. We stand by the icy cold river on the edge, waiting and debating. We stand looking like a complete mess ready to be cleaned by the water. It's kind of what it is like to decide to follow Christ. You stand before him, a complete mess, ready to be clean, and then...
You jump. Feet first into something so shocking that you struggle to catch your breath for a moment, but then you reach the surface and you're immensely cleaner than you were before the plunge. Sure sometimes you feel like you're drowning but there is always a helping hand to help you out.
So this insane, maniac, all out crazy weekend held more to others than just a camp. It was a place to meet people all across Texas who you probably never would have met otherwise, a place to get your exercise in (I'm done for the month!), a place to just come and let it go (hehe. See what I did there?), and a place to be yourself because that is the best you could ever be.
Okay this was supposed to be a travel post but it kind of got off-topic... Oops....
Until next time my lovelies!
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28:19
Photos taken by a Canon Rebel T3
Also a HUGE thank you to the Still Water Sports Camp Media team for capturing some awesome photos and videos!
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."