This past week I was a counselor at a kids and pre-teen camp. It has been awhile since I was a counselor and honestly, I was a little nervous. Would the girls in my cabin like me? Would there be any drama? Would someone get sick? All of these thoughts consumed my mind on top of making sure that everyone got safely to camp from my church. Self-doubt starts kicking in and you lose focus on what is going on right in front of you. Sometimes you forget to breathe.
However, I forgot about all of those questions once I met the girls in my cabin and we had our first chapel. Throughout the week we talked about Affinity War. According to the Dictionary. the word Affinity means “a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something.” However sometimes it is hard for us to like everyone we meet and even those we see from across the room. So how do we change this and create an Affinity for everyone? The simple answer is LOVE. Not the mushy gushy kind of love but the love that Jesus has for us. The love that is so big that He died on the cross for us.
One way we were creating an Affinity within the camp was telling people meaningful things, like “I like your smile”, “You are always positive”, “You did a great job in dodgeball”, etc. However, we didn’t just tell it to them we wrote it on a Post-It and stuck it on them. The first time we did this the girls in my cabin mostly wrote notes to each other. As the week went on they branched out to other kids and counselors. We also saw that we are all more alike than we think and that our differences shouldn’t stop us from reaching out to people and getting to know them.
I could tell you that my favorite part of camp was sitting on the beach, the endless amounts of ice cream, or watching my girls dance during worship, which were all pretty great. Ultimately though my favorite part was watching everyone write out Post-Its to people in chapel. It was not just in chapel though, my girls decided that they wanted to do it throughout the day, and they did. It brought so much joy to me to see them love on other people. I was inspired by THEM to write more notes and take notice of everyone there. Reading the notes that I received made me cry every single time and sometimes the notes that I wrote made me tear up because that person impacted me in more ways than one.
What if we did this all the time? How would our world actually look? What if we each carried Post-It Notes and gave people encouraging words throughout the day? I don’t know if it would make a difference or not, but it might spread the true kind of LOVE that we need to hear.
Who would you write a Post-It Note to?
What would it say?
Would you give it someone that is different from you?
Would you give it to someone that maybe you know but don’t like?
Would you give a Post-It Note if you knew it could change someone’s day or even the world?
I know I would.