He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Recently I was with my eighteen month old son at the library. He loves to read and look through the pages pointing and admiring every word and picture. Page by page he scans and laughs as he storms through the shelves.
After a few minutes in the children’s section, I noticed him stand up and walk over to a little girl playing with blocks. She was probably 3 years old and seemed to be enjoying the activity. Without hesitation, he walked up to the girl and said he approved of the activity (speaking in his own language of course). Reaching for the blocks, I cringed waiting for the little girl to become upset that a little boy was about to ruin her masterpiece.
At first, she looked confused, but within a second or two, she began handing him blocks to add to her tower. Back and forth they laughed and played with each other. These kids are complete strangers. They are from different families and have different lives, however none of that mattered. They didn't even need to fully understand the point of the game.
These two children can teach us a great deal about how to make friends and to be kind to everyone we interact with. Neither child lifted themselves above the other. They didn't cause a fuss or make a scene. They were equal in play. The 3 year old made her game easier so my son could play with her. It was humbling to watch.
At camp we want these same relationships to take place. We want the counselors and staff to think like a child and make the children around them trust and admire them. We want the previous campers to include new campers in all their favorite traditions. We want them to play together, learn together and laugh together. Most importantly, we want everyone to learn the ultimate humility displayed in Jesus Christ.
Next time you're around children, take notice about how they act and how they include others in their activities. Watch how they hug and love other children near them. How do you mirror this behavior in your own adult interactions? Are we including others around us? When is the last time you simply played a game with another person. Who is the last stranger you had an interaction with? We can learn a lot from these two small children.
We hope you will consider sending your children to camp so we can learn as much from them as they learn from us.