Here at camp we have been working on some service goals for almost two years now. They are definitely goals that are ongoing because we are selfish in nature and we like to put our own interests ahead of others (Phil. 2:4). In contrast to what is natural at RMBC we strive for service that is…F.U.S.E.D. We even have a verse they are based off of, Ephesians 4:16 (NIV) “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
I am not going to let on what all the letters in F.U.S.E.D. stands for (those will be coming in future posts) I am just going to give you the “F”. “F” is for FLEXIBLE. We strive to adapt to the changing needs/desires of our guests. In order to continue to grow in this area we really do have to “die to self” and allow God to work in us and through us to meet the needs of our guests. I like the word strive because while we don’t achieve this goal every waking moment we are continually pursuing it, meaning the less we work in the flesh and more in the Spirit, the more flexible we become. However, the opposite is true as well, the more we work in the flesh and less in the Spirit, the less flexible we are.
Being flexible manifests itself in many ways at camp. The most recent example came just the other day. A potential guest group called one of our staff on Monday (Memorial Day) and asked if they could stop by for a tour of the camp @ 9:00 pm. The staff member, despite plans, made themselves available to give the tour. The tour ended up coming in much earlier but they were flexible enough to “meet the needs/desires of our guests”, whether at 9:00 pm or the middle of the afternoon. Not every example turns out this way as we tend to permit our selfishness to dictate our response instead of allowing God’s Spirit to empower our service and that is why we need to remind ourselves many times to be Flexible.
Tune in, in a couple of weeks to see what “U” is for.