For the past 5 years, I've spent one week out of my summer at a camp called Super Summer Alabama. I went to SSAL for the first time as a 9th (almost 10th) grader and honestly, one of the main reasons I went was being all of my friends were going. I didn't really know what to expect going into the camp but went into it with an open mind and wow, it exceeded all of my expectations. Ever since that first year, I've looked forward and got excited about the next SSAL the second I leave the campus. I've met people at Super Summer 5 years ago that I am still close friends with today. I learn something new every time I go. Each time I leave, I am speechless at how amazing the camp was and how much my faith grew in just one week.
This year, I had the honor of being a 'team leader' or a small group leader for Red school, which is a school for 8th graders going the 9th grade. Going into SSAL, I was excited to see what God would do and how He would move in my life and in the lives of the students in my small group. Like always, God didn't disappoint.
Each year I go, God always teaches me something new. This year, God taught me to listen. So often, I forget that I need to listen to God, just as much as I talk to Him. If you were to call your mom or best friend, would you talk the whole time and then hang up without letting them talk back? Probably not. So why would you do the same with God? I realized at Super Summer this past year that I had been asking God for answers to so many things, but I wasn't listening for the answers He was giving me.
One of my favorite bible verses that reminds me to listen to Him is from Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the right paths." This shows that if you put God in the center of EVERYTHING in your life, He will guide you down the right path.
So I challenge you today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and every year after that to step out of the way, stop being a roadblock and let God move.