Posts Tagged ‘Philippians’

QFAS: Sticking With It After Camp!

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question-from-a-student-pic.jpgQUESTION: How do I stick with the decisions that I made at camp now that I am home?

This is the question that I am being asked the most from students and parents now that we are done with both of our camps. Camp is powerful, and God really works in the lives of those that go, but what about when you get home and all the temptations and old junk come back?

Honestly, I think that it is a pretty easy concept, but it’s just very hard for all of us to actually do. It’s one of the most basic things we should do as a Christian. Are you ready for it? Here it is… MAKE THE DECISION TO REPLACE THE UNGODLY THINGS IN YOUR LIFE FOR THE GODLY!

You can’t make a decision for God and say you want to give your life to Him, but then only actually do it one hour a week at church! It has to be a lifestyle. Find the things in your life that are holding you back. What are the negative influences in your life? Certain friends? Music? TV? Internet?

Here are a few thoughts: 

- Start with your eyes and ears. I have written that 100 times on this blog, but it is so important. Everything that comes into our minds, which effects our heart, comes in through our eyes and ears. (In Vermont, they would call that having “IDEARS”. Get it? Your eyes and ears give you idears. haha…I know…pretty corny) Things we see, and things we hear. If your eyes and ears are turning into trash cans, then you will naturally end up leaving your God-given desires on hold. Let positive stuff invade your life.

- Use Philippians 4:8-9 as a filter. In whatever you are doing, use these verses as something to compare it to. It says, “You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.  Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

- If you are doing something destructive to your body or thought life, then don’t make excuses for it. Call it what it is…destructive.

- Look at the amount of TIME you spend on things. That usually can tell you where your heart is. is stuff like church second and third to sports or work etc…? If so, then you need to re-prioritize. I see students all the time making the decision to put other stuff before God and church. EVERY TIME they are struggling with staying connected to God. Don’t let that happen to you! Make the decision to commit to God now and stick with it.

- How do you stay positive? Read the Bible! Start in Philippians, because it has so many truths for the Christian to hold on to and apply.  PRAY! Do you talk to God regularly? He is always ready and waiting for us to talk to Him and tell Him what is going on in our lives. Get plugged into church! When you worship God and meet other people that are just like you and trying to do what is right, then that is one of the best things that you can do for your life. UNITED and our all-new c-group program will be starting soon. Make it a priority! God should come first in our lives.

I know that this is all pretty basic stuff, but it is something that I have tried to focus on in my own life. It works. Do I slip up? All the time, but I keep getting up and getting back at it! Don’t quit! You can control most of your situations if you are pro-active and focus on God.

More to come!