There is something about the few days following camp that are rough.  Maybe it is my body trying to remember life pre-craziness without constant sunburn and non-stop outdoor activity or maybe it was five hours of sleep every night.  Maybe it is the absence of matching outfits.  But I think the real issue is the let down of “real” life after meeting God face to face.  I have been to camp every summer since seventh grade and I’m now in nineteenth grade (grad school).  Several of those summers I have accumulated up to 8 camps.  I’m no pro but I’d say I’ve been to well over 50 camps.  So I have tasted the struggle of returning to the way things were many times.  For those that have not attended camp what I’m describing is “the camp high”.  You spend 5 days completely focused on the Lord, communing with him on a higher level in a deeper way than you have done the months before.  You truly taste and see the goodness of the Lord in a tangible way.  You wake up hungry to read His Word.  You worship without concern.  You get to see the church act and live as it should be.  Camp might be the closest glimpse of heaven one will get.  But the problem is this: it only lasts a week.  I have spent many post-camp weeks of my life trying to regain the fervor I felt at camp.  Many years I did what probably most of us do, I assumed that the camp high was just that- an experience that left you wanting and disappointed in the end.  But the truth is that the feelings felt at camp is how life is meant to be lived.  In Christ, we have been given a life abundant. It is not mundane.  It is good.   We are made to commune with God and know Him in tangible ways.  I think one of the main issues is that we stop engaging with God as we did at camp.  For those who have struggled with the post camp casualty of your passion for the Lord, I want to offer a few words of encouragement.

ONE: Remember.
We all have sung the line “Here I raise my Ebenezer” but don’t really know what we’re singing.  An ebenezer is a marker of remembrance that the Israelites set-up to remember the victory that God gave them over the Philistines.  They knew that it would not take long for future generations of Israelites to forgot the work God did among their people.  So they set up a stone marker to remember (1 Samuel 7:12).  We must do the same.  When you find yourself dry spiritually remember the good things that God has done.  Remember the decisions you made and the victories won at camp.  We cannot forget the goodness of God.

TWO: Don’t stop.
There is no greater picture of a spiritual high than that of Pentecost.  In Acts 2, we see that the followers of Christ felt the weight of God’s glory like never before in history.  I cannot possibly fathom their experience.  But what did they do in response to God’s great working in their lives?  This is what Acts 2:42-47 says,

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.  45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

They continued to do what they were doing.  Don’t stop worshipping, reading, listening, or fellowshipping (hanging with believers).  Build on the foundation laid.

The great commission begins with worship and ends with going.

Matthew 28:16-20: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We see this same thing in Isaiah 6.  There is a visitation from the Lord and what is the prophets first response, “here am I, send me”.  We must to the same.  If we always receive and never give we are nothing but clogged up could-have-been vessels that are of no use to God’s kingdom.  We must go.  Be obedient to what God calls you to do.  Be a proactive preacher of Grace to your circles of influence.

You’re relationship with the Lord is worth fighting for.  Paul says it best in the book of Philippians:

Phil. 3:7     But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Phil. 3:12     Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Phil. 3:15     All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.  16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Phil. 3:17     Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.  18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,  21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.