This week will be my first ever music camp. The reasons for this camp are fourfold. First, it helps maintain interest in the music program here at Vandalia. If my campers have a fun time during the week, they will be more inclined to continue involvement. Second, it provides teaching experience for teachers and helpers. I have a couple recent graduates who would like to help during the week. Third, it gives student and teacher alike something to do during the summer. Fourth, it makes money. As a teacher (a Christian school teacher at that), I need all of the extra funds I can get.
I have also been given the opportunity to give 5-minute devotionals. My first passage is 1 Cor. 13:1–“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” What a great passage for a musician! How worthless and annoying is a noisy gong? My coworker (the band teacher) would always be frustrated by Jr. High percussionists making lots of obnoxious noise.
If we as Christians do not show love, then we will be like an annoying percussion instrument. Everything we can accomplish will be as nothing. This passage is very convicting to me.