HOW WE THINK & ACT
Our desire as staff at Camp Nakamun is to glorify Christ in all we do. This desire, to let Christ dwell in us, and the fact that we are in a position of influence over younger people, impacts how we live our lives. We base our expectations of our staff on what we read in Colossians 3: 1-7 (the Message translation)
So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ--that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life--even though invisible to spectators--is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too--the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It's because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn't long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it's all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. Don't lie to one another. You're done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire.
Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ--the Message--have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives--words, actions, whatever--be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Although we are committed followers of Christ, we still sin and are not perfect. However, it is important that our attitude and approach to how we live, what we choose to wear, the music we listen to, etc, reflect our desire to be a person of influence. It is important that the appearance and behavior of the staff does not reflect poorly on the image of the camp.
Being a member of the staff means you are willing to submit to the authority of the leadership of the camp. This includes the Director of Camp Ministries, Executive Director and Camp Board. If they need to approach you about an issue they will and may even ask you to change what you are doing or how you are presenting yourself.
When you come to camp you are in a position to influence kids as young as six years old. This is the environment for love and gentleness (Phil. 4:5) to reign in every aspect of our lives including our appearance. For some of you servant-hood may mean sacrifice in this area. Be blessed as you seek to make the right choices.