Through the years here, l have had my ups and down, highs and lows, given and receive grace, loved and loss, laughed and cried, burned out and been refreshed, praised God and questioned His wisdom. So many experiences, so many lessons learned during my time at Mission Springs.
There are some many people I wish I could thank for their impact on my life. There are many people over the years that poured and influenced me, both directly and indirectly responsible for bringing me where I am now and helping form me into the person God has planned for me. Many of these people have no idea they have had this impact. Some of these people I have composed many letters to, but none ever quite expressed what I wanted to say, so they remained unsent. But I feel that needs to change. I realize life is short and I see examples of people regretting not saying what they want to say to people until it is too late. (Don’t worry, I am not terminally ill or anything.)
This is just a few of the many people I want to tell thanks. (They may be nicknames, because for the life of me, I can not remember real ones.)
240 (Keith)-Thank you for putting up with me as a 4th grade camper, the first time away from home, alone, homesick and scared. You comforted me and made my first time at camp a great experience. To be truthful I don’t remember much about that week except our one-on-one where you just listened to a blubbering, choked up 4th grader. I respected you much more after my first week of 4th graders as an LIT, they are a difficult age group for me to work with. You are one of the main reasons why I wanted to work at, FR- I wanted to influence young kids to seek God. You probably do not remember, but I do. So thank you so much for your investment in my life that week.
Terry Wright– Thank you for bringing me to Mission Springs full-time. I know our time working together was short and I did not have much time to get to know you, but in that short time I saw your passion and desire for MS and the people you can in contact with. (To be truthful, you scared the crap out of me when we first met, first in 2005 as well as during my interview). You brought to a place that I learned so much, not just about Camping, but in life in general. Without you saying yes, I would be most likely working and going to school back in Sacramento. But you brought me to MS and here I have learned so much about myself. I learned that I enjoy my down time, I need to balance my time with people so I will not burn out, I learned to step out and take risks with people. There is more, I will reserve for a more personal letter that I intend to write soon, but until then thank you!
Chis Gothold (Chops)- I grew up in a household were there was music constantly playing- I was not stranger to Christian music. You turned me onto David Crowder, which open a whole new world of praise music to me. You and other worship leaders of FR (Ziggy, C-bass, C-rod…) inspired me to pick up guitar and sing my heart out. I grew to desire to bring people to a place in their hearts that they can to close their eyes and open their hearts in worship and awe of God- ultimately, to bring their hearts to the King and bare it all to Him. Thank you for sharing your passion and your heart with me and so many other young people at camp.
Steve Richardson and Dawn Jacobson: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work the youth of Gateway Bible. It has been a real blessing and growing experience for me to work with High School students. Thanks for giving (forcing… I kid) me opportunity to teach and the chance to share my testimony with an audience. I had written and rehearsed it in my head for such a long time- but to finally stand up and put written thought to voice is something else completely. Thank you for allowing me lead a small group- it is total different, yet very similar to Junior Highers. It is amazing to see and hear the growth that the students that you both work so hard to invest in and show the life of Christ to. Thank you.
But I want to challenge those who do read this blog to thank someone this week. Be it in written word, verbally or with actions- let those people in your life what they mean to you, that you are aware of the impact they have in your life. Life is short and unpredictable. Just saying.