Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

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.

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