Being a Christian camp, I learned and grew in my faith every year that I was at Camp Cedarbrook in new and different ways.
One summer, a group of older girls had gone on an out of camp canoe trip that had one rough night. They’d been far from shore when a thunderstorm popped up and they had to seek shelter on a small island. It was cold and rainy all night long, but by the time the storm passed it was dark and not safe to continue on. They didn’t have enough land to make a fire or even set up a tent.
If you’ve ever led a camping trip with a group of high school girls, you can imagine the normal amount of complaining that would be happening. Hungry girls getting granola bars for dinner, cold girls huddling together for warmth, wet girls getting wetter.
But somehow, someone initiated a game that came to be known as “The Thankful Game”. They went around in a circle saying things they were thankful for, no repeats allowed. They thanked God for everything from each other to their life jackets that were keeping them somewhat warmer.
I’ve played the thankful game with friends, on the way to work, and during difficult and painful times, to remind me that what God has given me is enough, and instead of complaining or anxiety, I should be giving thanks.
Give it a try!