There are not many people I won’t talk to, and there are few situations in which I will choose silence over talking. I find chit-chat easy and rewarding. Sometimes though, work must be done, and it must be done by one’s-self, or without being able to talk with your work partner, and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it may even be called for. But our main task as Christians is to spread the gospel, and that pretty much requires talking.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?Romans 10:14
Now it is certainly one thing to chit-chat about unimportant, or even gossipy things, another entirely to spend time laughing, getting to know one another, being an encourager, and pointing others toward the gospel. And we must be mindful of the talk that comes out of our mouths; mindful that it uplifts, and does not tear down; mindful that it is wholesome and worthy of being said.
Where does camp come in with all of this? Well, it’s been my privilege to work in many different departments around camp. I’ve been in the office, and been the greeter at the first desk welcoming people to camp, and chit-chat I did. And in the morning, the ladies of the office will often share with each other, jokes, recipes, stories, and life in ways that build relationships within our community. And I’ve done my fair share of work in the dining hall, and there is not much else left to do but talk as you and your co-worker peel and chop 30 pounds of potatoes for dinner. It happens all over camp, relationships are built by communicating with love and affection. It prepares us for guests, to be filling one another with joy to express to those who come to Sacramento.
I encourage you to spend time with those around you in joyful and meaningful conversation. It adds to community and to the team atmosphere. It may even add a way for you to be able to share the gospel with others, all from the seedlings of sharing your day with them. We are called to preach. Yes, even non preachers. Because like good conversations, meals, and community, Jesus is worth sharing. So chit- chat with your neighbor, get to know someone new, and true meaningful relationships are sure to follow.