I enjoy summer. I also enjoy school. The idea of the two mixed? Not a fan. Which meant I also wasn’t a fan of the idea of Summit. Two weeks of lectures on worldviews and ideologies meant half a month that I didn’t even choose to give up! “What the crap, Mom?!?” That was my entire attitude coming in, and with the two weeks almost over the question still remains. “What?! You didn’t tell me it would be incredible!” How was I supposed to know that worldview lectures are fascinating? How was I supposed to know that the friends I would make would be wonderful?
Summit has taught and reinforced lessons that I will be using until the day I die. I figured I might as well share my favorites.
1. There Is Nothing Like Friendship
Friends make almost anything I can think of better. Two weeks of lectures? Better with friends. Volleyball? Unplayable without friends. Talking about the crappy stuff of life? Probably doable without friends, but you WILL look insane if caught talking to yourself about your own problems. Just keepin’ it real. So the moment I realized the quality of the people and staff at Summit is the moment I realized that Summit was going to be incredible.
2. Share Your Struggles
Tell someone about the dirt in life. Chances are, they have dirt of their own and will genuinely care about what you are going through. I have my small group leader (and small group as a whole) to thank for this. Other people, if they care about you, will fight for you because they’re on your side.
Our Father gave us the gift of community for a reason, so it’s about time we actually used it. Here’s an example. If, like me, you are sick and tired of struggling with something, you have to realize that you can’t fight it alone. Alone, you fail without a doubt. Yet again, just keepin’ it real. When you get together and get real, that’s when change can start. This can apply to almost any struggle or burden in your life. Community is a gift too valuable to neglect.
3. You Have To Live It
You can be the most learned person on the face of this planet, but if you don’t love what you believe then I don’t see the point in believing anything. Knowledge of doctrines, ideology, and worldviews is well worth learning, but it’s important to remember a verse from 1 Corinthians, a letter the Apostle Paul penned to the church in Corinth. He said in 1 Corinthians 13:2, “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith do that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
I’ve learned an exorbitant amount at Summit, but if I am to share anything I have learned I must do so in love, the same love that our Father pours upon His sons and daughters in a wave after wave. Because Christ loved me enough to become the sacrifice for my sins so that I could be adopted into the Father’s Kingdom, then, empowered by Holy Spirit, I owe it to the world to love from the center of who I am. Because without love, I have let down my brothers and sisters and have become nothing, nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.