I'm forever grateful.
I don't think I would be who I am today had I not gone to Lake Yale.
My love of lakes (and rivers and oceans) and enjoying creation and thinking of the Creator began with loving Lake Yale.
|Not a lake, but a river ... but I love them, too!|
And, in a very real sense, the start of my work ethic began at Lake Yale.
You see, while there that momentous year of turning 14 and giving my life to Christ, I also decided to join the youth choir. Teens from every church represented that summer at Lake Yale were there. The most I'd have sung with was maybe 20 people. Now I was in a group of over 200. It was overwhelming.
As young people often do, the experience of being with new people made us goof around, and talk, and well ... you know how it can be.
The choir director (how I wish I could remember his name!) was kind of a big deal, a professional musician, who volunteered to help the choir that year. We were all in awe of him and maybe a little scared to sing in front of him.
After a couple days of chaos, he felt it was time to give us a "pep talk." No, I don't remember everything he said. Actually only one thing stuck in my mind, but I will remember it forever. He said,
"When you think about it, God gave us the very best, perfect gift He could give when He gave us His Son. Don't you think He deserves no less than us doing our best? Serving God is like a profession, the successful ones are the ones who work smartest and does their best."
Something right then clicked in my heart. I wanted to give my all. Ever since that day, if I decide I feel led to do something, I do it with everything I got. After all, it's scriptural:
"Did you ever go to Youth camp? I wish everyone could go!
Previous post about Lake Yale: here
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt #6. Share a Summer Camp memory. To view work from the whole community, visit Kat's blog, "Mama's Losin' It."