When we leave a campground, we are always prompted to evaluate our stay in an online survey. This survey normally us to rate the campground appearance, the amenities, the campsite and the attitude of the staff on a scale of 1 to 5. When we first started camping, we used these reviews to decide on campgrounds to use.

Our attitude about reviews has changed. Sometimes you go into a campground with a mediocre review and have a wonderful experience and then you go into a campground with marvelous reviews and absolutely hate it. Are the reviewers wrong? During the time they were there, the weather, the fellow campers and a myriad of other things, even their own expectations influenced their review. None of that will apply when we get there.

What will apply to our stay is our attitude, how we interact with the other campers, the staff and the circumstances of our stay. These are all things controlled by us, not the campground. We have discovered this simple truth. Our camping experience is greatly enhanced when we endeavor to let the light of the Lord shine through us. Even in campgrounds, as in all facets of life, that have problems, it is our attitude that determines the quality of our stay.

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