The Camp Henry staff has been putting a lot of time, energy, and thought into creating a theme that could continue to reflect on last summer's theme- You Are More. We wanted a tangible idea in which every camper could easily relate to for the rest of their days. With that, we find this summer's theme a continuance of instilling confidence, strength, and identity into every camper's hearts.
With that being said, we are very excited to introduce to you Camp Henry's theme for summer 2015 (drumroll please...)-
The dictionary defines Thrive as an action to prosper, to be successful or grow and develop vigorously.
With this, there are many different ways to see something thrive. For example, when you think of a tree that is thriving, you might picture strong roots and branches that are simply flourishing with green leaves and bearing fruit. Or you might imagine a store that is thriving with all of its foot traffic through the doors, expanding locations and growing in revenue. The more I think about it, the more I want to see this word define the way I live my life.
Too often are we seeing ourselves living in the past or looking ahead for what's to come and not being fully present with what's happening right in front of us! We are so dialed in to this 'survival mode' of just 'getting through' a situation or experience in life instead of enjoying and thriving in it. We often find ourselves thinking:
If I can just get to this weekend...
If I can just get to summer vacation...
If I can just finish this school project...
If I can just get to graduation...
We get so caught up in the "if I can only get through THIS, then I can get to THAT."
I then ask myself, how many moments and opportunities in between are we missing out on with having this mindset? It all becomes an exhausting cycle that is not very fulfilling.
During this summer, we want to encourage all campers and guests to not only discover their true selves and love the skin they're in by digging into God's word; but also think about how we can extend those experiences past camp and thrive in everything we do! We were not meant to struggle to make it through the week, the day, or the next hour. We were not meant to be held back by anxiety, worry, and fear; we are meant to live out the life we have and live it abundantly by knowing God and making Him known!
It is easy to identify something that is thriving and we hope that after your time spent at camp, you will see yourself thriving and not just surviving.
Have you met the Awesome version of yourself today? Natalie Barlow, a speaker from The Anima Series, shares how a simple change in how you view who you are can your world. Your identity in Christ is often far different than what the negative messages of this world and your own mind lead you to beleive.
You are Awesome. It's time to let the real You, light up the world!
If you liked this video, check out The Anima Series on YouTube. Parental warning, The Anima Series deals with many real life topics and some are meant for a mature audience.
2014 Theme Launch
Throughout the Summer of 2014, Camp Henry's theme will be You Are More.
Together we will discover who God says we are and how to embrace our identity in Him.
You are more than what this world says about you.
You are more than how tall or short you are
You are more than how others see you
You are more than your clothing size
You are more than an honor's student
You are more than the words you speak
You are more than the meds that you take
You are more than the choices that you make
You are more than the mistakes that you make
You are more than the things that you have done right
You are more than a star athlete
You are more than the funny things that you do
You are more than a victim
You are more than your past
You are more than the numbers of friends that you have
You are more than your swimming ability
You are more because your heavenly Father loves you no matter what. Here's who God says you are.
You are free (Romans 8:2)
You are safe (Romans 8:35)
You are included (Ephesians 1:13)
You are holy (Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 1:4)
You are forgiven (Colossians 3:13)
You are chosen (1st Peter 2:9)
You are beloved (Romans 1:7)
You are victorious (1st John 5:4)
You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are strong(Philippians 4:13, Colossians 1:11)
You are a Friend of God (James 2:23)
You are blessed (Ephesians 1:3)
You are accepted (Romans 15:7)
You are loved (Colossians 3:12, 1st Thessalonians 1:4)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
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