It was the summer of 2011. There I was, sitting in a circle with some of my camp friends at Sky Ranch Christian Camp in Powderhorn, Colorado. God's mountains surrounding me, faithful friends by my side, and the Word of God before my eyes...It can't get much better than this, I thought. My friends and I were deep in conversation, each taking the time to explain how she came to know the love of the Lord.
"I could tell they had something I didn't have." My ears perked up as soon as these words left Maggie's mouth. "For so long, my life was filled with sadness and meaninglessness. But their lives? Now, their lives were much different. There was something different about them. They had a joy that I didn't have. They loved life in a way that I didn't."
Who were these people so filled with joy? Christians. My dear friend Maggie noticed that the Christians she knew had a certain kind of happiness that she couldn't seem to find. When she eventually came to know the love of the Lord, she found that same happiness, and today she lives each day with the fullness of Christ's joy.