Lost Canyon is a YoungLife camp in Williams, Arizona that will forever have a special place in my heart. For those of you who don’t know, YoungLife is a christian organization that reaches out to people and makes them feel welcome no matter who they are, where they are from, or what their past held. There are several camps in the world that YoungLife owns. Each camp hosts hundreds of kids each week. They create a fun, safe place for kids to be themselves. Throughout the week, the kids also learn about the Lord and how strongly he wants to have a relationship with them.
I was fortunate enough to serve as a part of the Work Crew, at Lost Canyon, in the Summer of 2013. Now, I have to admit it was a lot of work, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I served in the Dining Hall: setting up for meals, serving food, and cleaning the Dining Hall after every meal was over. But that was not even close to all that took place. Being at Lost Canyon, I could see the Lord at work in not only my life, but the lives of the people I worked with and the campers that came.
During my month at Lost Canyon, I felt the closest to God I’d ever been in my life. I was really strong in my faith and devoted time read the word and talk to God. I could see the work he was doing around me, experience his love through my relationships, learn about him, and praise him with others.
One of the neatest things about being a part of Work Crew was getting to know the kids that came in, praying for them, and then seeing how God transformed their lives. At the end of each week there was a “say-so” in which all the kids who committed their life to Christ in the week of being at camp got to stand up and “say so.” The most powerful moment at Lost Canyon was on the third week at the “say-so.” All week I had been serving this one table and had really gotten to love them. They were really on my heart and I spent the week asking the Lord to open their minds and let God in. At the end of the week, three of the guys stood up, signifying their commitment to God. In that moment, I felt overwhelmed with joy and excitement. I had just seen God answer my prayers and change these kids’ lives.
Everybody knows what writing is. Still, somehow, few of us are confident in our own writing. There is fear or expectation that keeps us from standing behind our writing style. Because we are hesitant, we use different words or ideas then initially come to us. Once this decision has been made, the words are not quite our own. At this point it is hard to be confident in what we have produced. As Stephen King mentions in “On Writing,” it isn’t the grammar used or the form of the writing that changes whether it is good. More than anything, it is being confident and fully committing to your writing. Stephen King says “…fear is at the root of most bad writing” because it the state of being unsure and self-couscous that makes writers change their initial thoughts. As the focus shifts onto the grammatical correctness of what was written, the natural flow of thoughts is often removed resulting in “bad writing.”
Writing is not a natural skill or pleasure of mine. I do not have confidence in it. I think, first and foremost, I am afraid of how others will judge my writing. I fear people who know more than me will see all the wrongs in my writing and not much else. Over the years, I have been taught what is “incorrect” and “correct” in sentences, phrases, paragraphs, and essays as a whole. It is easy to beginning changing myself and trying to figure out exactly how each phrase “should” be worded. This makes writing far less enjoyable and has a different, need I say, worse result.
My name is Mary Fugle.
I am from a small town in Northern California, named Paradise. And no, it is not on the beach. I live in the mountains and enjoy being outdoors.
My family is extremely important to me. I have an older sister and an older brother. My sister just started graduate school at NAU for Physical Therapy. My brother lives in Portland, OR and will be getting married in October.
I enjoy playing sports. Though I am not playing for Fox, I love tennis and soccer.
In addition, I love to bake and cook. Since I was quite young, I have liked being in the kitchen. I actually have a Food blog (thedancingwhisk.com) if you want to check it out.
And that’s me! Or at least a little bit about me.