Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I'm Third


Verse of the day: John 15:12 (ESV)
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."


Hey Friends!

I'm sure many of you are wondering what the title of this post means.
It simply means "I'm Third."
God first.
 Others second.
And putting yourself third.

Can you do that? Are you willing to take that challenge? In a world where people always put themselves first, never self sacrificing, trying to get the best of the best would you make yourself more Christ-like and put others before you?

That is my challenge to you, and to myself. Here's an "I'm Third" story.

After spending five summers at Kanakuk, brother and sister twins departed for college for their freshman year. They carried along with them their Christian character and the many spiritual treasures they received at Kamp. Even before unpacking their bags, each of them placed their I’m Third card on their bulletin board in their dorm room and sought to be true to that motto in every decision they made.

Often, friends would drop by their room and ask them about the I’m Third card on their wall. Each would respond the same way. “I’ll tell you the ‘why’ of the I’m Third the week I graduate from college.”

Throughout college they kept their morals pure and always sought to keep God first, others second and themselves third.

At the end of their senior year, their friends poured into each of their rooms to hear the story of the I’m Third card. They both gave their many friends a similar answer, saying, “at Kamp I received this card that reminded me to always keep God first by loving Him with all my heart. Likewise it reminds me to try to put my friends needs above my own and this card simply means, ‘I’m third’.”

A reverent hush now fell upon their friends as each understood why he had been elected President of the student body and she the Captain of her track and cross country team. In the four years that had passed, no one was ever turned away who came to these two in need of prayer or just a shoulder to lean on. To be with this brother or sister was to be with a follower of Christ and many had come to know Him because these two were faithful to keep God first, others second, and “I’m third.”

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I am so excited to be attending my fourth year at Kamp this summer, I have a countdown on my phone, and lately it seems every little thing is reminding me of my wonderful days spent at Kanakuk. The atmosphere at Kamp is so refreshing, everyone there is building you up, helping you grow stronger with your relationship with God. The staffers guide you spritually and challenge you in your chosen sport. (Mine is usually Tennis)

So close! I can almost hear the laughter, smell the air (and the wonderful food) I can't wait to see the sun set over beautiful Table Rock Lake.



Remember the cross!

<3

Madeline

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