Yesterday, Junior High 1 came to a close. It was a wonderful week filled with Mario Kart races, a Gamerthon, and even a movie night on the beach! Even as a staff member, this week was a blast!

One of the coolest things about the week were the messages. Speaker and co-dean, Dan Ulrich, perfectly matched video game ideas to real life.

The first thing that happens in video games is that you’ve got to choose your character. In Mario Party, for example, you could be Princess Peach, Yoshi, or Toad, and so on. In life, we get to choose our character, too. In our actions and the words we speak, and even the friends we hang around, we’re choosing who we want to be daily. We’ve got to remember to choose Christ. Just like a second player in a game can help or hinder you in the pursuit of your goal, your friends can either challenge or encourage you in your walk with Christ.

Have you ever played a game that you just couldn’t beat? For me, that’s Pacman. As much as I want to beat the game, I know that at some point, I’m going to get stuck and the game will end. Sometimes, when we’re “stuck on a level”, we have to go back to our strategy guide. Through prayer and reading your bible, you can begin to listen to what God is calling you to do.

The game is never over. When you’re a follower of Christ, you have an extra life. You get to spend eternity in heaven. Jesus wants to give us extra life, and we’ve just got to respond to Him.

With another camp in the books, I’m excited to see what God has in store for the staff and campers here for Middler Camp this week!