Ever wonder how many times you get a pat answer from someone when you ask this question? How often do people really let us into their worlds? What keeps us from being transparent and really sharing with people what we might be carrying or struggling with? Could it be PRIDE? Do we buy into the lie that people really don’t want to know how we are doing? Should we all just suck it up and be fine all the time? As I grow in my relationship with the LORD I am finding that the most intimate times are found in truly opening up to our Heavenly Father & other people. We need each other!
What do you have to lose? The better question might be, what do you have to gain? God’s Word exhorts us to “share each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2). We were not created to be independent, but rather interdependent on Christ and our brothers and sisters in Him.
So this week, when someone asks you how you are doing, take a minute and really be authentic. If you are struggling, say so…. If your concerned, voice it…WHO KNOWS, God may have sent that person along to encourage you and your blessing is just beyond the comfort of keeping your true heart hidden.
Oh yeah, and make sure you take time to really inquire how the other person is doing… As we all know better than we probably practice, it is more blessed to give than to receive…
-Jason (learning to be real at every opportunity)