One Heart, One Mind

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If you will see with My eyes
If you will hear with My ears
Then you will speak with My voice
And when I laugh, you will rejoice

Then you and I (then you and I)
Will be one, we will be one heart, one mind
Then you and I (then you and I)
Will be one, we will be one heart, one mind
One heart, one mind

If you despise what I hate
If you esteem what I love
Then the world will know Me through you
You’ll give to them what I give to you

Who knew that such a simple a camp song (complete with actions) could be so powerful? I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the past little while. Of course, it’s no surprise. We only sing it just about every day while I’m at camp. But it’s strange how even those songs that you just sort of half-heartedly sing and don’t really think about start to sink in after a while. If you look at the words, they really are so true. This song is God speaking to us – if we will see and hear things from His perspective, and if we love what He loves and hate what He hates, then we are in alignment. When we are aligned, He can use us – to speak with His voice, to show Himself to the world, and to bless others. When we are of one heart and one mind with God, then we can do powerful things.

This week was a little bit of a challenge. I had under my care a camper who had anger management problems. Most of the week, he was fine, which was great. From what was said about him last year (at the end of every week, we have to do evaluations of the campers to help next year if they return), he’s made a big improvement in the past year. However, during some of the unstructured times, such as quiet time or in between two scheduled activities, we had some problems. He would get bored, and then he would start to act up, often pushing or throwing things at the other kids in the cabin. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. However, it was a bit of a challenge, since once he got in that mood, he would no longer cooperate with us at all.

Thinking about the events of the week on the drive home on Friday afternoon, I reflected on how little time I had spent with God. I had also had a one-on-one with Sarah (Bootz) during the week – she’s one of the camp pastors, and she does one of these with everyone. She basically asked me how things were going, etc., and I mentioned that I had been finding it hard to fit time in to spend with God and do my devotions. Often, as a counselor, we are kept so busy looking after the kids that there is no down-time to squeeze in a short devotional. I was hoping that perhaps I could do them during quiet time, but in my cabin, those were far from quiet. And so, all these came together as I reflected. I remembered this song, and then I thought back to what I had said to Bootz during the one-on-one. It’s strange to think that even in a Christian camp, the counselors can lose their focus on God. But I am going to do my best to find a way to keep focused on Him, even if that means getting up earlier to do my devotions. I hope that as I align myself with God, that He will be able to use me to help the kids who need it most. I hope that as I keep focused on God, that I can direct kids to Him as well.

So there you have it. A simple camp song that holds more meaning to it than it seems at first glance. Maybe getting it stuck in my head isn’t such a bad thing after all…

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