A Memorable Trip

Today's featured blogger is Caleb Williams. He is 15 years old and a member of the Sycamore View Church of Christ youth group.

Caleb with his buddies (left to right) Ayris and Fabian.
Today started off very fun. We woke up very early to prank the interns. They pranked us the night before, so to get them back we cleaned up everything and left Fortress and left a note saying we weren't coming back. We did come back though, and we all had a laugh. The rest of the day was amazing. My buddies, Ayris and Fabian, were very fun and under control today. They were both respectful and did as I and other leaders said to do. Ayris told me that I was the second best buddy he ever had, he said I was his second because his first buddy was the first one he ever had. [That made me feel confident, and was really encouraging].

Later that day, I was on the group to make dinner. It was very limited on time. We were past time to leave, but the bus was late so we made it on time. It was a big eye opener for me. It was kinda scary because I didn't think we were gonna make it and everyone was gonna be mad. All in all it has been a great week. I have loved being at Sycamore View COC for many years, but I have never been on a trip like this. I was not sure if I was going to go on the trip because I was the only guy in my grade going, but I'm so glad I came. This has possibly been my favorite trip besides camp. This has just been such an exciting, fun, memorable trip and I still have another day to go.

I can't wait to see what God has for me to do tomorrow, I just hope I can see him through the things I do this week so I can see God in kids later on. Most of the time, people see Jesus through a religious adult or older person, but this week I found out that God is really everywhere. He is in us, our teachers, the interns, my friends, family, and even children. I honestly have a different view on kids now. Not that I look down on them, or haven't even seen God in a kid before, but because I kinda saw it in all of the kids. Not just the polite ones, but some of those kids have bad stuff that effects them. And yet they still show God through some of their actions. And I think that is really cool because it broke my thoughts and my feelings towards judging people.

I know it's wrong, but I judge all the time and I'm usually wrong about it. And I still do it! The sad part is, I don't even get mad at myself if I'm right! Only if I'm wrong, I see my mistake and I regret it. I say memory verses like "God is everywhere" then I don't even look for him. It's like he tells me he is right in front of me, but I choose to close my eyes. And God has opened my eyes even wider than they were before, expanding my sight of God to children as well as everyone I had before. I can't thank Him or anyone here enough for doing everything they did this week to help me get closer to God. I want to be able to revisit Fortress because they helped me get closer to God, and there is no way to repay that debt. That is the best thing you can do on this wonderful earth God has given us to live in.