This past week I had the opportunity to volunteer at Camp Imadene located in Mesachie Lake, BC. This is my third year being involved there and it always amazes me how special of a place it is. Not only is it a beautiful facility, but the staff and campers are all equally excited to be there.
I had the pleasure of heading up (along with a fabulous co-cabin leader) a cabin of 12 pre-teen girls and let me tell you, they are all so wonderful. Each one of them taught me so much about life, letting go, and truly accepting others for who they are.
While I was there I was thinking back to my first year volunteering at Imadene. That year I had made it all about me. I was putting myself first in every situation, wether that be taking a break before my other cabin leaders, caring more about winning in games than having fun, or even spending time with a guy I liked instead of the campers.
That same week, a volunteer I was hanging out with told me he had to go set up for a game. I expressed my disappointment to him that he always had to leave and what he said to me totally changed the way I had been thinking. He said “Ya it does suck sometimes, but hey, the last shall be first and the first shall be last right?”
I don’t know why that hit me so hard… but it did.
Him saying that made me realize what had been going on for the past few days.
I realized that sometimes you need to put your “needs” aside and just do the work that needs to be done. To become “last”. Because, I realized, at the end of the day the camp was not for me… it was for the campers. The kids that had come from broken homes and mean friends. To them this was an escape from reality and I needed to make it as good of an experience as possible.
You may be wondering why I’m telling you this story, and well the truth is, I’m not too sure. However, I felt like to someone this could be the push they need. Like it was to me 3 years ago.
So I just wanted to encourage you to make yourself “last” sometimes. Not so that one day you can be “first”, but so you can make others “first”. The ones that society has labeled as “last”. Trust me they need it so much more than you do and, in all actuality, it will make you feel pretty great.
“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16