I met Sarah at the end of last summer. My first impression of her was ‘this is the coldest girl ever’. She had such skill with a camera and the fact that she was using her skills to glorify God and better the kingdom were amazing. She was someone I definitely wanted to be more like and wanted to have as a friend.
This summer I got the opportunity to work with and get to know her a lot more. I have also gotten to see her grow so much. I have watched her use her skill of photography to help campers really enjoy the experience of camp. She has helped all at camp create memories that last a life time while capturing them on film so we have a token to remember them with. She has also been the staff member that has encouraged us to talk and get to know one another constantly throughout the summer. It has made the experience so much more worth it, but I have so enjoyed the reminder that we need to continuously be asking questions so that we can get to know each other.
This girl has inspired me so much and taught me so much. I can’t wait to get closer to her and become better friends. I think God has amazing things in store for her!
A word from Sarah:
One of my favorite memories I have with Laura is a work project we did around camp, where we went around camp and clipped low branches off of trees to make mowing camp easier. During that time, was when I really got to know Laura. I learned struggles she had gone through, things she liked, things she didn’t like, and about how she follows Jesus. Through that work project I got to learn who Laura is and build a friendship with her.
In John 13:34-35 John tells us, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,” (NIV). God calls us to love each other just as he loved us. One of the ways we can do that is by talking with one another and with people we may not normally talk to. Our society today is very self focused and screen focused, but when many people don’t realize is that people are searching to be loved by a God who loves them unconditionally. No after what they done or haven’t done God still loves them.
One way we can show this love to people is by putting down our screens and our wants and talking to the people around us. When we do this we can really begin to love on those around us and show Jesus love to them. When we take the time to get to know people, we never know what kind of impact we can have on them. My prayer for you, as you build relationships those around you, that you will have an eternal impact on them.
Laura & Sarah