When you host a place like Windermere you are always meeting new people. I am always amazed at the diversity of people. There are all ages, all varieties, and different backgrounds. I love to see how God can create new friends while at camp.
So the question is this, how do you get to know new people while at camp? I do hear stories about how friends for life began at a camp. I am reminded of the story of David and Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18:1 says this:
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in the spirit with David and he loved him as himself
If there ever were two people who were supposed to be enemies, it was David and Jonathan. David was becoming the heir apparent to Saul while Jonathan, Saul’s son was losing his legitimate status. Yet they became lifelong friends. How does that even happen?
In this one verse, I see two conversations that can help start a lifelong friendship.
- Start GET CLOSER conversations.
This verse says they became “one in spirit.” There must be a way to get closer to people so that friendship can blossom. It is clear David and Jonathan started that way. Do you have a strategy to get closer to others to make friends? Take the initiative. Say hi to someone. Remember names. Ask questions. Try FRIEND as an acrostic tool in a strategy to get closer to people.
F = Family. Do you have a brother or sister?
R = Recreation. What fun stuff do you like to do? Fish? Swim?
I = Interests. Do you like cats or dogs better?
E = Education. Where do (or did) you go to school?
N = Network. Who do you hang out with?
D = Dreams. What are you the most passionate about?
- Start COMMON INTEREST conversations.
This verse says they discovered what they loved about each other. Not only do you need a strategy to get closer to others, you must find things you have in common. Affection begins with common goals and or common experiences.
How about you? Have you made a lifelong friend at camp? How did you get close at camp? I believe there are hundreds of testimonies like David and Jonathan that started at camp.
I am asking all our friends of Windermere to take the month of January to pray for our ministry. Specifically, I am asking to pray in three areas
- Pray that lives will continue to be changed for His glory. We are seeking 1,000 professions of faith this year!
- Pray for financial favor. While we continue to make improvements yet we need more contracts and guests to come to Windermere. We need to grow!
- Pray for the staff and team here at Windermere. Our little team here needs stamina, good attitudes and great faith in our Lord in 2018 and beyond.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.