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Life ain't all sunshine and rainbows...

Written by: Mr. Fertig

The theme from this year at camp will be something that sticks in our mind for a while, “Fight Club”. But even the name suggests that we are not in for an easy ride. We are all, in fact, in the fight of our lives for our lives! Have you noticed any storms and battles popping up in your life since we got down the mountain from camp? If so, keep fighting! You are not alone and you are not the only one fighting for your faith and your relationship with Jesus. But one of the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone in your fight. We are all in each other’s fight club as long as we are fellow believers in Jesus.

Proverbs 17:17 (NASB) – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Colossians 3:16a (NIV) – “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as your teach and admonish one another…”

Proverbs 27:17 (NASB) – “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Even Paul, the Apostle, who championed the very same gospel that we all heard at camp, needed a group of people to encourage him in his faith and walk with Jesus. He refers to several fellow believers in the early church who offered encouragement and a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen to his heart and his struggles.

Philemon 1:20 (NASB) - “Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.”

Philippians 4:14 (NIV) – “Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.”

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your fight club! We are called to be here for one another. One of the greatest blessings in my own life is having found several people, even some who I grew up going to camp with when I was 15 years old, who I can go to when I need some truth spoken over or into me – sometimes it’s a comforting truth, sometimes it’s a hard truth.

Have you decided to bring some people into your fight club since camp or are you still trying to do things on your own? Still trying to keep your “highlight” reel going so people don’t think a certain way about you? Still keeping up an image that you want others to have of you?

Action: Bring at least one person in to your fight club today if you haven’t yet. Start with small steps to develop the relationship and trust and encourage one another in your faith.

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