Saturday, October 17th
By now it was about midnight.
I was originally interested in tagging along with some of them (roughly half of them I think) to play their version of Capture the
Flag, so I joined their meeting in the big church pavilion. But after going over
the rules and such, how far out into the fields it would be, and remembering how late it was, I
figured it best for me to get some sleep. Speaking from experience here;
if I didn't find a good 'early' opportunity and take it, my chances of
getting enough sleep (if any) were low.
So I slipped away quietly
from the pavilion and went into the guys' cabin. It was empty except
this Korean guy Chris who was here for his first time. We basically hung
out in that small bunk room and talked for a while, him sitting on one
of the bunks and me (more or less) pacing the floor. We exchanged some
background stories, I told him a few things about how last years'
retreats went, how we were taught the lessons we learned, I told him
some things that came into my mind whenever I thought about sharing the
gospel with someone too...
I laughed, surprised how much I wound
up saying. I didn't see it coming mere minute before, but I wound up
sharing flat-out the gospel in my own words, to this one guy the same
way I'd say anything else. Without other people looking up at me it was
much easier to do, but I think that's the key; to just relax and do it
like you're talking to any other friend.
night was tricky, since it was colder than I expected it to be. I was
layered in pajamas and my fleece sleeping bag. Plus the door was
latched, but that didn't do much to keep warm air in. One of my friends
came in to unlatch the door since other guys had knocked on it several
times, and lent me an extra pillow and comforter (guess I didn't look
very warm to him either). That helped a lot. I was still pretty chilly, but I
did manage to get some sleep out of it. It felt like very off-and-on
dozing, so to this day I still don't know how much sleep I actually got.
Doesn't matter though.
I was surprised that I didn't hear a
single snore. It seemed like there was barely anyone in the cabin. I was
happy and relieved about that, but still it had me curious...
day itself was really good, and always my favorite day of these
retreats since the most stuff happened on the Saturdays. I mean, it's a
whole day (as opposed to our Friday night and Sunday morning). So
obviously there's going to be some agenda.
Breakfast was around
eight. I had a bowl of honey nut cheerios and made a cup of coffee (with
honey stirred into it) to warm myself up again.
we went out to the church pavilion for a game of Dragon Tail, which I
enjoyed very much since it was funny, and then after that some of us did
some version of Musical Chairs (involving towels; every time someone
wen out they'd have to fold it some of the way). Not all of us did that
one either but it was fun to watch.
Our lesson this morning was about knowing your audience. Here's some of the stuff I wrote down for notes:
- God's goal isn't to make bad people good. It's to make dead people alive.
- When we share the gospel, we're (hopefully) moving someone forward; emotionally and intellectually. Emotionally engaged.
- We're not called to act lovingly. We're called to love (there is a difference)
the lesson came lunchtime (in my case, another cup of coffee). A close
friend, Jenny, had texted me a while ago saying she was on her way. And
now, right after I finished making the coffee, she had arrived. So I
went outside and showed her where the girls' cabin was so
she could get settled.
We had lunch, and I showed her around the
park while a bunch of the others were (by my guess) off on some
scavenger hunt, or playing bubble soccer, or throwing a football in the
second field over. This time of day was the "free time" where the rest
of us would just do whatever. I didn't care much for sports anyway, so I
took that opportunity to spend some quality relaxing time with Jenny.
Following dinner, a few games in the pavilion a few hours later, and the band rehearsing inside, then came worship and our next lesson.
main focus of this one was about worldview, meaning
how others see the things that we share and talk to them about;
- How we say things can greatly influence what people hear (Is what they HEAR the same as what WE SAY?)
- Adapt/communicate it without changing the gospel itself
After the lesson we had a few minutes to prepare for whatever we were doing for the No Talent Talent Show (if we signed up).
up went my buddy Ryan Galdo and his friend Calla (this was apparently her
first time with Thrive too), singing "Barton Hollow." THRIVE Fall Retreat 2015- Ryan and Calla "Barton Hollow"
was a variety of other acts too like card tricks for example. This guy
Jon gave a brief intro for each one, which made it pretty interesting.
So before I went up to do my act, he said something about "...exotic
parts of India..." Then it was my turn, performing a Baloo-Bagheera
scene from The Jungle Book.
(I don't have the video of my act unfortunately, due to technical difficulties. But this is the scene I did, or at least most of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqvT8QX-mjc )
Here's a fun fact for ya; I was worried that when I did the last few lines of the scene (starting where Baloo says "but I love that kid. I love him like he was my own cub") I was gonna just start crying right up there. Well, if I had then I could probably harness it to get that emotional core of the performance/character out. But the worry was that I might end up blubbering and not getting the words out right. I guess it's a good thing I didn't, but I did try a little to make it sound like I could tear up any minute.
Later on, the intro for Jenny said
something like, "taking a little trip to Europe..." and "...on the Irish
side." She did some of her Irish dancing, which was pretty cool to see. The girl can prance like a
My friend Toria with this girl Elissa did another VERY
messy sketch where Elissa posed at Toria's arms. They did this the last
couple retreats; "Making Pancakes" was last year's, and this year's "How
to be Fabulous" was just as hilarious if not more. They had a lot of
makeup/mess to clean up off themselves and the table when it was over, but everyone was just cracking
up the whole time.