As some of you know, I was away at a camp this week. And it was an awesome week. But before I went, one of the other counselors (we’ll call him Steve) was feeling his fire for it burning out, and he was not looking forward to it. Then the first day of camp, 2 of the campers (who have been with us since the 2nd year) came to myself and another counselor (we’ll call him Bob) and said that they wanted to make a video for Steve, saying how much they appreciated him and all his hard work over the past 7 years. We called this project “Cake: The One Time It’s Not A Lie”. Sneaking around behind Steve’s back, these 2 campers went and filmed other campers, staff, and counselors (and even some alumni) describing Steve, how they met Steve, and how Steve inspired them. Then on the last night of camp, we showed Steve “Cake”. That Cake renewed the fire that burned in Steve’s heart.
You see, we all have a fire burning in our hearts. They burn for different reasons and for different things, but we all have one. Some have let their fire get small and cold, and some have the fire raging like an out of control burn. But we all have a fire.
Sometimes we can rebuild his fire on our own, but many times, like with Steve here, you need someone to show you how your fire has affected others to rekindle it. If those 2 campers had not made Cake for Steve, then I could guarantee with 99% accuracy that Steve would not be doing it again next year. But now, he wants to if he is able.
So my challenge to you (and me) is this: Take a minute today and say thank you to someone who has really affected you, and tell them how they have affected you. You never know, you might be the one to relight their passion, the one who brings the flame back to life.