This week I’m at summer camp. Actually, the kids left for camp on Saturday morning. Being that our best and brightest from Elementary ministry went to camp, I decided to stay behind on Sunday to make sure everything went well. Our 9:30 service was pretty sketchy, so I’m glad I stayed.

This camp is going to be a little tough for me. You see, I am a control freak… to some degree (depending on who you talk to). Camp is one of my “things.” I love camp. It’s one of my favorite events all year. Of all the years I’ve been in full time ministry, I’ve always done my own camp, whether 30 kids or 200 kids. I love it. Since I got to Gateway just 5 weeks ago, camp was already booked. Yes, I am not running it. I’m participating. When you’re participating in something that is your “thing,” it is hard to enjoy. Only one other time did I take kids to a camp as a participant. The camp was good and the kids had fun. However, I got to work as soon as I got home to plan out where we could host our own camp. When it comes to camp, I’m going to be a control freak. It’s the one (maybe two) times a year I get a bunch of kids for 72 or more hours without any interruptions. Great things can happen and who knows “my kids” better than “my church?” When statistically we only get 40 hours a year with our kids, I’m going to be a control freak. Next year we’re doing our own.

How am I going to cope this week? Well, pray for me. Second, I’m going to try to chill out and just get to know our kids. It will be great! Please pray for me….