Recently I was privileged to speak at a kids camp across country. Seahawks part of the country. Interestingly enough, of the 5 camp directors, at least three of them were Packers fans. I’m not sure any were Seahawks fans, which led to some good spirited conversations about whose team was best.
Most of the 275 kids in attendance seemed pretty set on being die-hard Seahawks fans too, or so I thought.
During the first part of the week, we taught about Jacob and Esau and how Esau had given up his birthright for a bowl of stew. Everyone agreed that was just a dumb thing to do. We understood that you shouldn’t give up something you want right now for something more important.
Until. . . Tuesday night.
On Tuesday night, the camp directors had a contest for the four sections of kids. The section that cheered the loudest would be dismissed first for the night. First for what, you might ask? First to go get ready for bed!
Honestly, I think I would have been quiet. When I was a kid, getting to stay up later was the real prize. But on this night, I think everyone just got caught up in the frenzy of who could be loudest and who would be FIRST!!!!
Because we all know going first is most important!
So when the directors gave the instructions that each group was to yell as loud as they could, “Go Pack Go!” I thought for sure they would be greeted with near silence, or at least cheers of “Let’s Go Seahawks!”or something similar.
But no, I was wrong! So wrong.
These little Seahawk fans began shouting at the top of their lungs, “Go Pack Go!” over and over. Each section determined not to be outdone by the other. Seriously, I didn’t see it coming.
Later that night I sat in on devotions with girls from one of the cabins and the question was asked, “What did God teach you today?”
When it came my turn to share, I commented that I thought God taught me to be careful not to give up something important for something I wanted right now. I then told the girls about what I had witnessed and how it touched my heart.
Immediately they began to explain how they only mouthed the words, or that they didn’t yell at all. One or two friends ratted the others out saying, “Yes, you did! You were yelling, too!”
The next day at large group teaching we broke that down a little bit, allowing the kids to see how our lives can sometimes be more like a Bible story than we realize. We discussed how our favorite team isn’t exactly the same as our family’s inheritance, yet, we have to be on guard of the power of the crowd and our own flesh to want what we want now rather than hold on to our convictions.
It was a good lesson for us all to experience and one that would impact the campers for at least a day–until it was time for Real Life Lesson Part 2:The Discount Double Check.
Stay tuned for the rest of the story coming soon.