A Trip To Remember

We recently went on a 7 day Alaskan cruise and had a wonderful time with a group of friends.  We visited a few ports, had waaay to much delicious food, spent time talking and laughing together and experienced a wonderful adventure together.  We were all anticipating a wonderful time, although some of us were apprehensive about a new and unfamiliar experience.

Some of us got seasick for one day on rough seas and were glad when we left the open waters for the inland passage.  We
saw fun shows and contests, played bingo, went on a tour of the ship behind the scenes, danced to lively  music, played games, took exciting excursions and some of us spent more time just relaxing and taking it all in.

Most of us came with a positive attitude, but some did not.  Being in an unfamiliar environment was unsettling for some and their attitude affected the rest of us.  It was obvious how some of us see the glass as half full and some of us see the glass as half empty.  Some live their everyday life unsatisfied and in discontent and some of us make the most out of every day. Some of us live with the joy of the Lord and some do not.  All of us have challenges and struggles, but it is how we handle those difficulties that makes a difference in our experience.  Our daughter, Tami Christensen, said it best….”Our attitude determines our experience”.  That was certainly true over the past week on this magnificent cruise to Alaska.

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again;  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4:4-7