Hey there. How are you?
Did you say "Good?" That's probably the number one response, don't ya think? (Actually correct grammar is "I am well" :) "Fine" is a close second. Well, I think it's a load of garbage. Most of the time we are not "good, fine, or well." Most of the time we are tired, hungry, bored, hurting, lonely, or just plain grumpy inside. So why do we lie? I have two ideas.
First off, we reply with a superficial "good" or "fine" because these empty replies promptly satisfy the question asked. "You're good? Well that's great! On with my life, Skip to my Lou." We put up a wall with these curt replies so as not to let people into the places in our heart that really hurt. The downside to that, of course, is that we don't experience healing.
Second, I believe we respond with "good" or "fine" (when we're not) is because we're trying to impress. We want the other person to think we have it all together. Well, it's gotta stop. As Christians we have to be the torch bearers for transparency. If we're having a crummy day we can't keep pretending nothing is wrong. Think about it. Satan wants us to be a bunch of fakers. Not God though. Christ lives within us so that we can be authentic - ALIVE.
So, let me be the first to say that I'm not "fine." The reason I haven't blogged in awhile is because I just haven't felt like it. Truth is I've been in one of those funks where my spiritual life is bland. Maybe you can relate. -Prayers are lacking, little desire to read the Bible, and serving is drudgery. I totally trust God to carry me through this dry season. He always does. He allows seasons of difficulty and suffering to test us and to build our character (Romans 5:3-5). Perseverance is key! God is faithful and will not leave us nor will He abandon the good work He started within us (Philippians 1:6). In the meantime there's no need to fake it. The old adage is life is difficult sometimes. Why should I think mine is any different? I'm not going to pretend I'm entirely smelling the roses when I'm getting stuck with some thorns. :)
So, how are you really doing?