One of the greatest challenges and opportunities I have had this summer is opening up my heart to a new location every week. Often the people who are attending these conferences (both as children and staff) have grown up with this camp and known each other for years. As a peace intern, every week we are going into these communities, knowing no one and working to build a community and strong foundation. Early on in the summer at one of my camps I was having a difficult experience the first few days. Things were done very differently than I had ever experienced, and it challenged me to open my heart to these new ways. My perspective
completely changed when a camper talked to me about how life changing this camp had been for her.
On that Tuesday I decided to wholeheartedly embrace the camp. My mantra for the summer became “Open my eyes and my heart to this new place.” Once I fully opened up myself to the camp, my experience completely changed. That camp was perhaps one of my most rewarding this summer because I fully opened myself to God’s will for myself in that camp.
Below are the song Lyrics to “Open the Eyes of My Heart” by Paul Baloche which inspired my mantra:
Open the eyes of my heart Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You. I want to see You. (2x)
To see You high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love,
As we sing holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy holy. Holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You. (2x)
Imagine the positive change we could experience if we fully tried to open our eyes and our hearts to each new experience in our lives. By doing so, yes we may open ourselves up to vulnerability, but we also open ourselves up to a deeper sense of love and community and that, I believe, is worth the risk.