Life-changing summer

July 27, 2020

When was your life-changing summer?

We can all remember that holiday, music festival or summer camp that did something to us that meant our life, or our perspective on life, was changed enough to mean we would not be the same person. It might have been that friend we met, that moment when we did something we never thought we could, or being smitten by that raw awe-inspiring beauty of water and landscape merging with a sunset backdrop.

For me, I was fortunate to have many of those summer experiences. My parents needing a break from me and my siblings sent us off to summer camp each year. And it changed my life over and over again. And still does in my adult life as I volunteer on the camp’s staff.

Your life-changing summer may have been that summer camp experience too? For me summer camps have been the best American export – a week or two of adventure, awkward hellos, adrenaline-fuelled challenges, and life-long friends. These were the magic ingredients that made my summers a jab of motivation and self-discovery.

So have you thought about passing this gift of challenge and change onto your son or daughter, or that young person you know?

Of course, this summer is a washout for most of us. For me, it would have been this weekend that started another one of those character-stretching summer camps. But Covid had other ideas! So that chance to do something different will have to wait until next year. But I wanted to share with you the kind of experiences I’ve had over the years, and maybe if you like the look of them, you too might think about giving yourself a break from the kids next summer and give them that life-changing summer.

Here is the Instagram, Facebook page (with tons of fun pics and videos) and website of the summer camp that has changed my life for the better in so many ways.

Richard Fowler

Richard is editorial assistant at Because

An unconditional offer

February 15, 2019

Should universities give students unconditional offers of acceptance?

Recently this practice has come under increased scrutiny after it was revealed that the number of unconditional offers issued by universities was increasing and that the students who received the offers often miss their predicted grades. Would students be better off, more resilient, if they had to earn their place?

As a Christian I believe that we have all been given an unconditional offer in Jesus Christ. We haven’t earned this place, yet if we accept it, it will change our life forever and open up opportunities beyond our wildest imaginations.

The offer reflects God’s confidence in who we will become with his help, rather than what we have achieved.

Maybe it is time to consider his unconditional offer of grace?

Warm regards,