There are songs that I associate with certain seasons or events in my life. The 50's/60's music reminds me of my mom's albums. The ones my sister and I would play when we would clean the house. Gary Lewis & the playboys, the Beach Boys, Elvis...ahhh. That was some great music. The 80's music will always remind me of high school, hanging out with friends, cruising (which our daughters said seems like a strange activity. Driving around wasting gas, they said. Lol).

Camp Otyokwah has always had it's own special soundtrack. So many songs that I heard for the first time there, either as a camper or staffer or that have special meaning because of camp experiences. One of those songs is “I Have Decided”. I have loved this song for a long time, but always associated it with camp. Until a few weeks ago. A video was shown at church explaining the story behind the song. I love to know the stories behind the songs, because it means even more when you know the background. This song is no exception. Since seeing the video, this song has seemed to surround me. I have heard this song more in the last few weeks, than I have in the last few years.  Yesterday we sang it at the church where our niece was getting baptized. So fitting for baptism! I think this may be my “theme song” for life. It should be...the lyrics say it so well.


I have decided to follow Jesus...no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

The cross before me, the world behind me.




Here is the story behind the song: