What was I missing? What was wrong with me?
What was I missing? I had a nice home, a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter, a good job with benefits, we could pay our bills - so no real financial issues. I was "happy" but I always felt there was something else...something still missing. What was wrong with me?
Three years prior, unhappy with the education our daughter was receiving at the local elementary school, we had enrolled her in a private Christian school. For several years (it seemed) she had been "nagging" me to take her to the church that sponsored her school. As they were holding a special event to celebrate the new year (2000) with a carnival, she would get tickets for prizes if she came and brought a visitor. So I finally said we would go.
The sermon touched my heart and something was suddenly very different. Was this what I was missing? I went to three more services before I accepted Jesus into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior...and the weight was lifted! A weight I didn't even realize was there. I felt brand new, free and overcome with joy. True joy - inside, outside, upside down! And now I am not just "happy", I have true JOY exploding in my heart! Jesus was what I was missing.
- Lori Yancey