Watching Scruffy scramble around this week trying to get too many things done in too little time reminded me of a story I heard in college about a professor who hated it when his students interrupted his work, only to realize that the interruptions were his work. So why did Scruffy’s busy schedule remind me of this story?
Well, if you work at camp, you work in a constant state of interruption. Scruffy would sit down to write an important e-mail, only to get five more e-mails that he would have to review and consider before replying to the first. Scruffy would sit down to write an article for the newsletter and something for the new e-newsletter that we are trying to get going, but something would break on the generator again and so he would have to run outside and get the power up before the batteries froze. Scruffy would sit down to work on receipts for the camp but someone would stop by to visit the camp and he would need to go out and give a tour. Scruffy would sit down to message someone about the intern program or the rental group schedule for this year and then someone would stop by to talk or call needing to talk or message him on facebook needing to talk.
Yes, Scruff was scrambling to get stuff done this week, but four times in a row I saw him stop when he got a phone call from someone who just needed time from a friend. These were long in-depth phone calls, some of them taking over an hour, but he made the time. Why?
What exactly is ministry?
Is it keeping the batteries in the generator shed from freezing? Is it keeping track of all the money that was spent and reporting that to the treasurer? Is it giving a tour of the camp? Is it taking a call from a friend who is hurting? Is it answering that facebook message from a camper or counselor who needs to talk?
Ministry is all of these things.
But most especially, ministry is about people. My husband understands this much better than I do. I tend to look at the to-do list and freak out. Scruff works steadily on the to-do list, but when a person stumbles into his busy schedule, I have seen Scruffy set the schedule aside and tend to the needs of the person over and over again.
So what do we do up here at Camas Meadows that constitutes ministry?
All sorts of stuff. Outside stuff, office stuff, games and schedules, dunk tank and tube hill fun, cooking good food and cleaning up water balloon trash from the parking lot, tracking receipts and making plans for the future, everything. But most of all we want to reach out to people when God sends them into our path. That is our hope and our goal. It is hard to know what to chose, when a thousand things are knocking on your door, needing to be done. But we seek God and do our best and trust that He will finish the work that He started. Everything is ministry when done with a heart for God, but the people, they are sent to us from Him. The workers at Camas, we want to get to the end of our lives and be able to look back and see that we took care of God’s beloved children when He sent them our way.
Galatians 5:6–“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor circumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”