I'm consistently surprised by a tree in my front yard. By the middle of September, it has already dropped enough leaves to cover the gravel where I park my car and the driveway. Every year since I've been at NaCoMe, I worry that somehow this tree is dropping leaves too early; that maybe there won't be any left when all the other trees are showing off their best colors.
Abundance is a tricky thing to believe in. Like leaves on a tree, most resources are not infinite. Because of this, we can't be reckless with our usage, but we also shouldn't be too frugal. After all, Jesus says he came "that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10), while the author of Ephesians speaks of Christ as being "able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine" (3:20). We are called to have faith in abundance, to live with abundance. It would clearly be foolish if NaCoMe spent all of its money building a rollercoaster around the camp property; God isn't an ATM. But it would also be unwise for NaCoMe to go without air conditioning in the cabins and to serve only ramen noodles in the Dining Hall; that would be a failure to use our resources to serve our guests.
What makes abundance possible at NaCoMe is you. We had an incredibly busy spring, a jam-packed summer, and we're looking at a fall that's nearly bursting at the seams. That's possible because of the donors and volunteers that help us "accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine." And you know what? That tree has enough leaves every single year. Every year I worry, and every year I'm wrong. Here's to abundance,
-Ryan "Flash" Moore, Director