I LOVE so many things about Young Life but one of the things I love most about YL is the way they run camp.
At camp, none of us were connected to our devices.
Yep, shocker…teenagers (and adults) can survive without their iPods, iPads…even their iPhones! And unless you’re wearing a watch, you really don’t know what time it is or even the day.
Camp runs on a bell system and the only way you know how to move from one activity to the next is when the bell rings. For example, the camp leaders will say… “you have free time for the next few hours and when you hear a bell, go to the dining hall or the club room.”
But they never actually tell the kids what is coming up next.
At the beginning of the week, kids would constantly ask me “what are we doing today?” As a leader, we weren’t supposed to tell them.
Young Life’s purpose behind this is to teach kids to live in the moment and to be fully present with the people and activities going on right in front of them.
And throughout the week, something happened.
The kids quit asking me “what’s next?” Not only because they were tired of me giving the standard “I don’t know,”
But because the element of surprise was exciting…not knowing was actually more fun. And instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, wondering what they were missing out on they received…
the gift of living fully in the moment with their friends in fun and laughter and joy.
But isn’t this true for us as adults too?
The older I get, the faster and more stressful life seems to become and I’m wondering…
Would there be more peace and enjoyment if we all learned to stop worrying about what’s next and learned to…
in the moment
Because to be fully present is to be truly alive.
“I just want time to do my one life well.
Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this is the only way to slow time:
enter into the current moment with the weight of my full attention.
I only live full life when I live fully in the moment.
When I’m present, I meet I AM, the very presence of a present God. In His embrace, time loses all sense of speed and stress and space and stands so still…and holy.”
Matthew says it like this…
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” ~Matthew 6:34 (the message)
So what if we could try to live like this?
Fully in the moment.
Full of life.