So much information is thrown at parents these days.
When we signed up for baby registries, I didn’t realize that we’d also be signing up for a deluge of information on how to (or how not to) raise our child.
Some headlines from emails I get include:
- “The FDA has a new message about allergy prevention”
- “Paramedics Weigh In: The One Thing That Matters More Than Car Seat Quality”
- “The 10 Biggest Mommy Regrets”
A common theme emerges after reading these emails…fear. Marketing agencies use fear as a core strategy to sell parents products or convince them of a way of life.
Fear that my child…
- won’t sleep through the night (he barely does)
- will have food allergies (he does)
- won’t get into the right pre-school, elementary school, college (not there yet)
Fear is quite the motivator, but is it the way we as Christians are called to live?
When I graduated CILT (Camper-in-Leadership Training) in 2002, I was commissioned with the following verse by a staff member: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
This verse has had a great impact on my life, as I’m someone who tends to be very fearful. Even as an eight-year-old going to camp my first summer, I was fearful — I had long hair and my mom braided it every day for me. I was worried that I wouldn’t have anyone to braid my hair. Upon meeting my counselor and seeing her waist-length hair, my fears quickly faded! It seems so silly now, but sometimes our fears can take on a life of their own, and they can stop us from trusting God and experiencing life to the fullest.
Camp is an amazing place for girls to learn how to overcome fears. We not only help girls overcome fears such as sleeping in the dark and putting a worm on a fishhook, but also, most importantly, we introduce them to Jesus, the one who takes all of our fears away.
And it’s not just campers who have fears related to the camp experience. Parents do too!
- Will my daughter make friends?
- Will she be okay without me?
- Will she have too much fun without me?
- Will my daughter love the Lord?
So what about you? What do you fear? How can you claim the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind today?
Amy “Ellie” Culhane is the Director of Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks. She started as a Pathfinder camper and finished Camper-in-Leadership Training in 2002. When she’s not at camp, she lives with her husband and son in Illinois.