"When we were at Mount Sinai, the LORD our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighboring regions—the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills, the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River. Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”
Deuteronomy 1:6-8 NLT
Apparently, I’m not the only one who gets comfortable, stuck in routine and paralyzed. The Israelites did, too.
What helps us pull up those stakes, break camp and move forward?
1 – Identify the stakes. Take an honest, transparent look at every area of our lives (spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally) and identify problem spots that may be staking us down and preventing God from using us for his purposes.
“. . . let us strip off every weight that slows us down.” Hebrew 12:1 NLT
2 – Set goals. What new goals do you have for camp and mentoring?
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.” Proverbs 21:5a NLT
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT
3 – Start slowly. Remember what God says versus what the world says is true.
Don’t get caught up in the lie that NUMBERS = SUCCESS. God doesn’t care about numbers as much as He cares about relationship and seeing people in heaven.
“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” Matthew 18:10
Tim and I once held NLT with only one new leadership team in attendance because we knew that many kids in the impoverished, gang-ridden area of Milwaukee would hear hope because of those three people.
We can’t do this alone.
As we share our passion to serve youth in foster care, God will bring people around us. Each of us will have stakes that need to be pulled up as God asks us to BREAK CAMP and move forward.
He’s called us to an incredible mission. What’s holding us down?
Impossible is where God starts!