Thought for the Week
I had the great privilege of spending the first week of July on an at KX1 summer camp with 40 young people, many of whom were local to Cambuslang and Rutherglen, and a team of Reachout Trust volunteers.
We had a brilliant week full of loud laughs, new friendships and a surprising amount of sunshine on beautiful Arran, and it was great seeing young people get to try lots of new activities.
I was really inspired by the attitude many of them had to the activities offered to them - whether it was abseiling for the first time, gorge walking down a river, or going out on a power boat, they viewed it as an exciting challenge to be overcome, rather than something to be feared.
In particular, lots of young people came back and told me how scary the large jump at the end of the gorge walk had looked, but how they had pushed themselves to ‘take a leap of faith’, and in the end it was a highlight for them.
I came away with a renewed sense of how important childlike curiosity, enthusiasm and determination is.
Sometimes, we can only see the problems we face rather than the ways in which we might be able to overcome them.
During the week, we looked at the story of the fishermen, Peter and Andrew, who left behind the ordinary to follow Jesus into an extraordinary adventure ( Luke 5: 1- 11) - I was glad to have a reminder, in the form of the children in front of me, of what it looks like to grasp the opportunities placed in front of us and take real leaps of faith. Zoe Ramage, Youth and Schools Worker, Cambuslang and Rutherglen Christian Reachout Trust.