News & Updates

See & read about what is going on in the Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center community

Let’s Stop Judging and Start Listening with Compassion

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

Matthew 7:1-2 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.7.1-2.NLT

A professor stood at the front of a classroom of students pursuing their master’s degree in Educational Counseling. The following instructions were given, “As I read this story, raise your hand when you think you have enough information to provide helpful counsel.” A complex story was read, with listening students raising their hands along the way to offer counsel, only to find out a few minutes later the counsel they were prepared to offer was completely wrong, given what they continued to learn as the story unfolded.

Many were willing to judge what was needed, rather than listening to understand.

Judging others has become sport. News stories often are more about the harsh responses on social media between people than the real issues at-hand. We are encouraged to pass judgement on people and situations quickly, only to find out later, we did not have the information needed to even consider a good conclusion.

Part of our God-given design is to make sense of things. Our brains are created to provide answers to questions. When it comes to people, we think we understand and can make judgements about someone else’s life based simply on our own observations. The truth is, we do not know all that needs to be known to judge.

Thankfully, there is one who does understand everything. God is the only one qualified to bring judgement. He decided to offer forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The responsibility for judgement rests with God, not you and me.  What a relief!!!

Encouragement: Take time to listen to other people. Ask questions that help you know more about them. Listen with compassion. Hold back from judgement and seek understanding. When you are done listening, listen some more. Wait on God for guidance on how to respond to challenging situations and people. Leave the judging to God.

Dear Father,

Thank You for carrying the responsibility of judging.  While each of us do have to make discerning decisions about others, we seek to do it with Your compassion, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, extending the forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ. Help us to listen to others. Forgive us for snap judgements that do not reflect You. 

In Jesus name we pray, Amen

–Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

A Fond Farewell to Margie Keane

After over 20 years of service in the Warm Beach Camp Business Office, Margie Keane is retiring! She first came to Camp in 1986 as Margie Henry, working in Accounts Payable. But after a couple of years, she got a better offer! An offer of marriage, that is, to her husband, Dan Keane. But that was not the end of it! In 2003, several kids and 17 years later, Margie returned to Warm Beach to serve full-time in the Business ...

Everywhere

Everywhere – from east to west – praise the name of the Lord. Psalms 113:2 There is a lot of talk today about what unites and divides us as people. From families to the massive global community, we don’t like division, yet we experience it. We like unity and community. It is a gift that brings joy, delight, and well-being to everyone within its reach everywhere. As a follower of Jesus Christ, the great unifier within families, communities, nations, and ...

This is Why We’re Here

On this particular Friday, twelve pairs of eyes looked down at Onyx and I from the arena grandstands. As I sat on Onyx’s sturdy frame, I looked back at the twelve campers. My mind flashed to Monday, the first day of camp. There was one camper who had been scared to get on her horse. However, after some reassurance and coaxing she had said she would try to ride. “I am so proud of you for pushing through your fear! ...