A Camp Lesson

photo-1529333166437-7750a6dd5a70 My entire life as an introvert, I have lived by this rule of thumb: “I don’t want to be friends with someone if she isn’t worth my energy and time.” This way of thinking changed last week.

Last week I went to camp. I met some WONDERFUL girls. However, the first two days I was there, I was miserable and couldn’t figure out why. I talked to God and asked Him to reveal it to me (1 John 5:14-15). I finally figured it out.

1. I wasn’t having a good time because I wasn’t being myself. I was judging everything I saw and if it wasn’t like the other camps I had been to, then I believed the lie that it was “bad.”

2. I was allowing myself to close up again (See “My Heart’s Story Part 1&2”). I wasn’t allowing myself to get to know anyone, yet alone become friends with anyone! I wasn’t letting myself get close to people because of a what-if. The what-if of what-if I get close to them and I am forced to say goodbye?

Yep, you get it. I was a BIG mess! I was letting the Devil take over me with the emotion of fear. I was letting my old self take over. When God revealed all this to me, I made a decision. Either I could spend the rest of camp miserable or decide to try and actually enjoy myself and make friends. I chose the second.

When I did this, I can’t tell you how much this changed my world and my week. I ended up making some WONDERFUL connections and friends. The reason I say all this is for two reasons:

1.  I struggle with problems just as much as you do! I still struggle with wanting to close up and stay in my own little world forever. I know I can’t do that though. I know the consequences and I don’t want to go there again (Romans 3:10)!

2. Don’t let the Devil win. Don’t allow him to take over your thoughts and emotions. Don’t let him decide whether or not you will like something. Instead, trust God and I promise everything will get better (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Alyssa Rasor

Hey there! I'm so glad you are here! My name is Alyssa Rasor, and I am passionate about helping you magnify God in every area of your life. I hope you will stick around and marvel with me at how great our God is! Make sure to subscribe and join the fun! Psalm 40:16

5 comments on “A Camp Lesson

  1. This was such a great encouragement, Alyssa!! Sometimes, I struggle with talking with others and opening myself up. I just get shy and don’t really want to say anything (I never have any issues around family). However, after reading your post, it’s something I should start talking with God about. I want to share my faith with others, but I can’t unless I open up. Thank you so much, Alyssa!!! 😊❤

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  2. I am so glad this opened your eyes to an area in your life you would like to improve. I will be praying for you!

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  3. Alyssa, it is so cool to see you share your heart like this. I’ve loved being able to watch you grow through reading your blogs and you showing your heart. I love seeing your heart for Jesus and people as you write your words. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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