Perspective can bring clarity. Defined, it is the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. It’s not so much the view, it’s what you do. As the picture confirms seeing is not always the key to understanding. No, not just a visual experience, but a new understanding, often a paradigm shift, born out of personal experience. Sound a little like philosophical mumbo jumbo? How about perspective for a twelve year old. Growing up we attended a church in a rough neighborhood of Hollywood. Every Wednesday night at church, as we always did, my buddies and I played basketball outside on a court adjacent to the church parking lot. No adult supervision, at night, plenty of public access, it was a modern supervision nightmare. But in those days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, play dates didn’t exist, we rode bicycles without helmets, and yes, we went trick or treating without parents. So one night while we were playing basketball a group of older local boys started messing with us. My father was a division one athlete, a strong man, and he came out and in a very forceful manner, like I have never heard before, told the boys to leave. There was a little savory dialogue. The bullies left. I was stunned. I had seen my father from a new perspective.
This man I lived with every day, suddenly looked different. I thought I knew everything there is to know about him, and put in a new situation, I learned something new. Perspective is understanding something because you experience things from a larger frame of reference.
Camp is place that can provide perspective. Pray tell? Because sometimes you need some distance, a new location, a different way of looking at life, to really understand where you are now. In a spiritual sense, I’m talking about seeing life from God’s point of view. In fact the Bible uses words like "understanding,” "wisdom,” and "discernment” when describing perspective.
The heart of Camp Gifford is building relationships. The purpose of Camp Gifford is sharing the love of Jesus Christ. The venue is built on experiencing God’s creation within a safe community. You’re not going to get that flipping burgers for the summer. If you think you can’t afford to work at camp. If you think you don’t have time to work at camp. If the ruts have become comfortable, maybe it’s time to see things from a new perspective.