What We Talked About
One of the comments we hear a lot from families is how energetic and joyful the counselors are! What these counselors do everyday is a beautiful picture of what our focus has been on this week with the campers. Joy!
Joy is different from happiness. I like to think of happiness as an emotion that is felt based upon the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in. If the experience is good, we feel happy. If it is bad, we feel sad. Joy, on the other hand, is an attitude that we choose for ourselves, regardless of what is going on around us.
The counselors at camp will be the first to tell you that not every experience at camp is pure bliss. As with any job, there are moments that are hard, confusing, difficult or frustrating, but what we are continuing to learn is that we have the power to always choose joy. Knowing that God has called our counselors to camp and they are here for a purpose much higher than their personal comforts, choosing joy is rooted in a confidence in knowing that God has a purpose for everything we experience. Choosing to trust God is a great first step to experiencing a deep and authentic kind of joy.
Questions to Ask Your Camper
- How would you explain the difference between joy and happiness?
- When was a time that you chose joy, even in the midst of something difficult?
- What is something you can do this week to spread joy to your family, friends, neighbors and community?