This picture cracks me up! When I saw it, I knew I had to use it for today’s post. From our perspective, this guy might not be doing too well, but to him, maybe he’s doing just fine. We can’t really say for certain. But what we can do is take a moment to check in with ourselves.
When asked the question “How are you doing?”, depending on who’s asking, it’s so incredibly easy to answer “I’m good” and move on from there. It’s tempting to keep our answers superficial, giving the bare minimum, for a number of reasons. Maybe we want to save face, or it’s too tiring to be completely authentic, or we want to escape the conversation as quickly as possible.
Today, I’m not going to ask for answers, this is just between you and God so you can be as honest as you want to be. Your current situation, your progress, and your pain are safe with him.
So, how are you doing?
How’s your relationship with God?
How’s your relationship with yourself?
How’s your relationship with others?
I encourage you to take the time to meditate on these questions and answer them honestly. Then, follow it up by asking an all-important question: “Holy Spirit, what are you saying?”. Give him the opportunity to speak and then respond accordingly.
I hope you are well, great, or even stupendous, but if you’re not, that’s okay too. We’re all works in progress and there’s grace for you here.
To go Deeper: Read The Long Lost Art of Question-Asking