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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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There is a difference between those who are doing religion and those who are doing the walk with Jesus. Look with a discerning eye and you will see. Those who are walking with Jesus are not seeking the spotlight, they are not concerned with getting recognition for their actions and they stay in the background just happy to be of service.

When Jesus is a personal God and when His opinion is all that matters because you love Him above all else, you want to make sure that He receives all of the credit for any good that you do. By ourselves we can do no good, it is only with the help and guidance of Jesus through the Holy Spirit that we are able to do any good thing.

The words that we write are not our own and the good that we do is not of our own choosing. Jesus is with us ready to guide each moment of our lives and it is our choice whether to be with Him or alone on this journey. For Linda and I, life without Jesus would be empty and not worth living. So we choose to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

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