“Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world." —Archimedes
“Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could move proportionally much greater weight than the force applied. Archimedes imagined a fixed point, the fulcrum, in space. If the Earth rested on the short end of a lever, close to the fulcrum, and Archimedes was pulling down on the other extremely long end of the lever, then theoretically his small weight would be multiplied enough to move the world.”
The fixed point is our place to stand. The above is an excerpt from a devotional I read recently. It reminded me that one of our hopes at Rockmont is to give a young man a place to stand. With sure footing, he can move the world – starting with family, friends, school, and then the larger community. We strive to see the goodness in every camper and bless them so that they can pass on the blessing.
I saw several sure-footed young men pass on blessings these last two days. Michael and Emory are both first time campers in Mountain Camp. They are two of many campers who are navigating a new adventure at camp. It takes courage to face any new endeavor, and this is especially true for a young man coming to camp as a teenager. One of the fears is that the culture may be too established to break into for a first-timer. We all know that fear. I have watched as these two young men have thoughtfully observed, offered their friendship, asked important questions, and have leapt into this new experience. Their actions have made it clear to cabinmates and staff alike, that they are finding solid ground to stand on at Rockmont. This new place to stand will give possibility to new friendships, adventures, and a new/stronger experience of their place in the world.
Bryan and Adrian are the Counselors for Cabin 1. They work with the youngest guys on camp, and they know a thing or two about the holiness of hospitality. I have been inspired watching them care for the needs – emotional and physical – of our youngest campers. Working with these little ones is wonderful and demanding. Even a trip to the buffet can be daunting with all the choices, spoons, and tongs. Adrian and Bryan’s place to stand radiates patience, encouragement, understanding, and lots of smiles. I wish each of you could witness their life-giving work.
I find a place to stand in my gratitude for the lives of these young men and staff and their courage, generosity, and compassion. These are only a couple of the countless stories of campers standing on new ground. Ziplines, friendship, mentors, hikes, and nights in the woods are each invitations to find their sure footing. Thank you, parents, for your partnership and encouragement. Without it, we would be unable to accomplish this work. You’ve given us all a place to stand.
Tonight’s Scripture: Mark 1:29-39
Story: Jesus Heals Many People
Where do you see yourself in the story?
What’s the good news?