This past year I started a private blog called Beyond Spring Hill. I set the space up to correspond with a former camper of mine who left his final year of camp an atheist. That was well over a decade ago, but for some reason he found me on facebook this past year and we started a conversation.
He shared with me early on in a facebook exchange a memory he had from his final day at camp.
"When my friends picked me up from camp, you and two others walked me to my car, and I remember you saying that you really wish I could stay so you could continue to help me. That moment has stuck with me throughout the years. I was a bit shocked that you would want me to stay after I’d spent the last three weeks questioning everything that was being thrown my way."
So this camper (who is now a man), and I occassionally exchange thoughts on God, faith, and life, but for the most part, I've failed miserably in sharing anything that resonates with his heart - or perhaps, in his case - his mind. And I've also failed to keep the conversation alive, often pausing from our dialogue for weeks, even months at a time.
I wish the God thing was as easy as 1,2,3,4, but it's not. Even after understanding and accepting 1 through 4, there is still more - much more. There always will be.
Kind of like with relationships - there is always more to it. Relationships don't finish, nor does God.