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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Camping (07/11/05)

TITLE: Camping Kid Style
By Clay Drysdale


When I was about 11 or 12 years old I fondly remember planning camping outings. Often on a summer afternoon, late in the day, I would decide that I wanted to camp out that night. I would go round up all the essentials: tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, and, of course, potato chips and other snacks. Then I would go set up my tent, unroll my sleeping bag, and get everything in its proper place. I would save on one of the most critical items for last - my portable 9" black and white TV.

You see, I would place my tent sometimes no more that 15 or 20 feet from the back door of my house; I had plenty of extension cord to run to the tent. My three dogs and I would lie in the tent, "roughing it", watching TV late into the night. Then I would fall asleep peacefully, knowing that I was only a few feet from the safety of my house.

Was that really camping? Most would probably say that it was not. I enjoyed it, however. I got to get out of the house and do something different without having to venture too far from what was comfortable to me. For a child that age, it was not too bad I suppose.

Of course, now that I'm an adult, camping has a different meaning. Usually it means that I'm outdoors, nowhere near my home. In fact, the last time my tent was set up, my son and I were 150 miles or so from our house and the safety of a roof over our heads.

I can't help but compare my childhood camping adventures to the Christian walk. Many of us Christians never step outside our comfort zone, never venturing more than just a few steps from where we began when we first received Christ. I know that I fall into that category in many ways.

Fear of talking to others about Jesus, or fear of giving of our time or our money, are examples of ways in which we choose to live safely, without venturing outward for a real Christian experience. The writer of Hebrews warned against not growing in our spiritual lives. "In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness" (Heb. 5:12-13 NIV).

As we reach out and look for ways to serve God, He wants us to put our faith in Him to protect and provide for us. Only by trusting God and stepping out will we ever mature as Christians. Then we will experience the rich life He wishes us to have in Christ, a life not found just outside the back door.

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Debra Bowers07/19/05
Loved the way you gently flowed from a childhood memory into a lesson. Very nice one too!
Nina Phillips07/20/05
Liked the way you went from experiences to lessons we learn in life. Nice article. God bless, littlelight
Amy Brown07/21/05
This is a great devotional. How many times do our lives act as illustrations to greater truths? May we learn with the small lessons.
Sally Hanan07/21/05
Devotionals are difficult to do without being preachy and you pulled it off.
Phyllis Inniss07/22/05
Serious lesson here without sounding as if you are giving a sermon. I liked your childhood camping experience and how you related it to the way many Christians behave.
Shari Armstrong 07/22/05
I enjoyed this -reminded of the tent my sister and I made over the old swingset with sheet plastic :) Good comparison
Shirley Thomas07/22/05
I agree...this would be great as a devotional. you really did a fantastic job of capturing my interest and keeping it thoughout the article.
dub W07/24/05
This is a great devotional. Thanks for posting.
Michelle Burkhardt07/24/05
Nice connection btw the two. I enjoyed your comparison. Well written.
Val Clark07/25/05
A gentle, persuasive devotional. Bravo!