More than ever, there seems to be disproportionate attention given to the division and conflict in the world versus the immense spirit of love and cooperation. For that reason, we wanted to share a story about a service project by a group of first timers to Sawtooth Camp.
Last spring a windstorm took down the ol’ big cross on the east ridge. We were surprised how often staff and guests looked in that direction and noticed the absence of an icon that has been there for around 60 years.
Throughout the season, there was talk and intention from many groups to make the trek to repair or replace it, but it just didn’t happen.
Then the Young Women from the Kuna LDS 16th Ward made their first trip to Sawtooth and like many, wanted to give back to camp before leaving. After we named off a few projects, they asked which we considered most important.
We were reluctant to mention the cross repair for a variety of reasons: the group was not United Methodist, they had never seen or hiked to the cross, the weather was hot, and we didn’t know what would be involved in the repair. However, without hesitation, the women and their leaders gathered tools, worked diligently, with much effort, and got the job done.
This enthusiastic group of first timers demonstrated that serving was not about what was easy or interesting to them, but about helping where it is needed. In taking on this project, they showed us how to serve a need regardless of what the effort would be to themselves.
They inspired and reminded us that too often we hesitate to serve others because the road is too steep and the task too heavy.