I don’t know about you, but one of my most favorite times of Survival Kamp was sitting around the fire and sharing the adventures of the day. Whether the day was hot or cold, hard or laidback, there were always great stories to be enjoyed. As Paul Etheridge would say, “There’s just something about a campfire that gets people to open up.” I could not agree more!
As the Body of Christ, we are called to share the trials and successes of life with one another on a daily basis. Sharing allows us to be more open and to understand that we are not alone in our trials. After all, it is hard to be an encouragement to someone if you do not know where to begin.
In Philippians, the Apostle Paul writes, “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” (Philippians 2:1-2).
When we are in Christ, we share the same primary goal as other believers. We are called to further the Kingdom of God by sharing His love with others. This was never meant to be a solo expedition. We were meant to stand together as one, supporting one another, and, if necessary, we are to carry one another.
Paul continues, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own needs, but also to the interests of other” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Continue to look around you and pursue those who need encouragement. Additionally, seek out those who can comfort you in your time of need.
Discover where the “campfire” is in your community. It might be the school cafeteria, the local coffee spot, or even a Chicfila. Pursue your relationship with Christ with all your heart and always continue to encourage others to do the same.