Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.  


"Walkin' by my side, I'm satisfied. King Jesus is all, my all in all." One of my favorite camp songs from this past summer, "King Jesus," offers this verse of hope to its singers, promising that with Jesus by our side, we need not worry about anything. Honestly, I find this verse hard to accept. As a student, athlete, and musician, I have always given my best efforts at all times - if asked, I would state this as one of my life mottos. Yet internally, I often get my best effort confused with an effort to be the best. Although my intentions initially appear harmless, a desire to do well eventually overshadows the meaning behind my actions; I turn into a competitor rather than simply a hard worker. And while this mindset sometimes contributes to an excitable and joyful accomplishment, the disappointment can be overwhelming when I fall short of a desired outcome. "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" do not seem to "satisfy" me into the future.

My counseling experience last summer with VLM put this struggle into a Christian perspective. I realized that it was my hard work that made a difference, not the accomplishments that resulted from it. It no longer mattered how many good races, musical performances, or school successes that I accumulated; instead, it was the skills learned from these experiences that counted. I simply had to work my hardest to positively impact my campers each week. I learned that this feeling became worth more to me than any medal or prize, even if I did not see the impact of my efforts beyond a particular week of camp.

As we approach the end of the semester, I try to think about being filled with Jesus' light shining through me. In turn, I also work to see His light shining through others. I often fall short of achieving this goal, yet I am hopeful to become increasingly satisfied by Jesus' works - and not my own. In this way, Jesus will "walk by my side" to make me "satisfied." King Jesus truly is my all in all.

Jackson Churchill 

Luther College

VLM Summer Staff 2017