February 12, 2015

In light of the recent MLK day and all the craziness in our world it is important to look back at Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream. His dream was that all men and women would be equal. That they would not be judged by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character.

Today much progress has been made; however there is still much work to be done. There are still many social injustices that need to be righted in our world. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech gave great hope and unity to those who believed in his dream. That hope and unity is struggling to survive in our world and it is no longer just an issue of black and white. Our world is becoming a world where we solely judge based upon our differences and fail to see all our commonalities.

Much of our youngest generations in the United States recognize that we are all just people. They struggle far less with worrying about the color of one’s skin. Today’s generation instead wrestles with another great obstacle. No generation in our country’s history has ever felt more alone. No generation has grown so accustomed to being sold to that they have become very untrusting people and organizations, including the church. This despair is not one they often share with one another, but rather a battle they face on their own in their own hearts and minds. It is killing our children, and it is causing them to miss out on an abundant life.
 
I have a dream for the children of today. My dream is that they would know they are not alone. My dream is that they would know that they are loved. My dream is that they would know they are not responsible for the sins of those who have come before them or those who have wreaked havoc upon their lives and the lives of their families. My dream is that they would know they are children of God and that God has not abandoned them but rather that God is with them, loves them, has a plan for them, and that He will never leave nor forsake them. My dream is that like Martin Luther King Jr. stated “we will speed up to that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
 
Today’s reality says that our children are hurting. In many ways they are broken. God; however is a great healer. God cares for these struggling children and youth. A Christian camp is one of those places where they get to be kids again. It is a place where they get to experience love, forgiveness, and the freedom that God offers. It is a place where we can come alongside those who feel alone and remind them that they are not alone, that they are loved, and that God has a great plan of redemption and reconciliation planned for their lives! If you have a dream for the children of our world to experience the hope and unity that God provides then encourage them to attend a Christian camp. It may be the catalyst to an abundant life. Jesus said, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” It is time to share this promise of abundant life with the children and youth of our world instead of the world we share every day through social media that reveals death and destruction…”A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10:10 HCSB
 
Kids from all walks of life are dealing with painful things. They should not carry these burdens on their own. Set aside some time this summer to send the children and youth in your life to a safe and caring place. A place that allows them to be kids again. A place that allows them to be who they were created to be. A place that reveals the greatest hope. My prayer is these special opportunities will help our dreams come true!