Thursday, May 31, 2007

priorities

So it's been a week since last time I posted...sorry for the long break. It's been a busy few days.

We've been preparing for a new baby in our house, coming in July. The family is all coming down next weekend for a baby shower. It'll be good to see everyone, and just as good to get some baby stuff I don't have to put on the plastic.

And I've also been preparing for summer church camps and for our annual "Youth Sunday." I'm really excited because we've got a better turnout for camp this year than we've had the last few years. One of the reasons is that a lot more money was made available to us to send kids who couldn't afford to go otherwise.

This is good stewardship, and it's also an example of the church being one.

It's amazing to me the things I see congregations spend money on. Hoards of money goes to image and appearance, advertising, and many other things, while important things like sending kids to camp is often at the bottom of the budget priorities. Now I understand a lot of these things are important and many even necessary, but however important and necessary, there's usually a big imbalance in priorities.

I was really inspired to look at our camp bill for this summer, which was quite high, and to compare it to the amount of money people were able to pay. Roughly two-thirds of our camp bill this year was footed through scholarship funds. And I'm happy about that. That means we have kids who are not being barred from participating in the body of Christ because of a lack of money. And it also means that those who have more than enough are giving so as to meet the needs of others in the body who don't have enough.

I think we're on the right track here. And I hope our commitment in this area continues to grow. Perhaps next year the entire bill could be footed by scholarship funds.

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