Before Nick and I left camp for the Allagash River Canoe trip, we very carefully evaluated everything we, and our campers, would take. The big question: What will we need? If our canoes had been overloaded when the storm hit, at least one canoe would have swamped. If there was insufficient food, a wonderful trip would become a tough experience.
“What will I need?” is the question every staff member and camper asks himself when packing for camp. What will I need to stay dry: As a Woodsman in camp? On a 12 day High Peaks Voyageur hike? On a canoe trip? What will I need on my feet: For a Woodsman hike? On a Voyageur hike? On a 3 day canoe trip? When playing trench dodge ball? To play basketball? What do I need to stay warm? What socks do I need to prevent blisters? What flash light will I need? Extra batteries? Do I need to take my fishing pole, or should I use one of camp’s? Do I need to take the pocket knife my grandfather gave me, or would a “store bought” knife be just fine? What Bible will I need?
If I take too much stuff, “Where do I put it?” And if I do not have the right stuff???
At DL, most campers and staff become comfortable living without a closet full of shirts, a different pair of shoes for every purpose, a bed without an inner spring mattress, a readily available computer, newscast, or newspaper.
One summer we had a couple on staff who were used to having the finest of everything. Their housing for the summer at DL: one side of Eagle with a bed, a small table, 2 chairs. The walls were exposed 2X4’s. The “bathroom” was 4’ X 6’, including the metal shower. At the end of the summer they told me it had been the happiest summer of their lives.
What physical things do I need to live comfortably in this world?
What physical things do I need to live In Partnership With God?
What physical things do I need to do the work God has prepared for me to do?
Are the needed physical things the same for each question?
What physical things I need to have a wonderful life here and in heaven is what Jesus was speaking to when he said: said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.…Mathew 6:19-27 Jesus said…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
Solomon does not refer to the accumulation of things in Ecclesiastes 5: What he speaks to is the celebration of life! “Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have as long as God gives you life…Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift!” (The Message paraphrase)