How are you? 

I’ve been answering that question with what I thought was honesty this week.

I’m not good.

If my grandmother in heaven, was still here she’d be cheering … “Finally she’s got the message! I told her that for years!” … Sorry Grandma, but I must confess I am not yet convinced that you are as correct as you believed yourself to be. And I wonder if telling someone who has been clothed in His righteousness that they are not good, perhaps does more harm than good.? I’m pretty sure that I could argue that when God looks at me, He sees His Son and His goodness…

This week my response to “how are you?” has not been busy either – although that is true. Earlier this week my response was “grumpy”. This, my friends, is a very effective way to cut through the small talk.! If I was then asked why, the answer was, “I’m not sure”. Tiredness? Maybe?

The truth is, underneath the tiredness and the busy-ness, my heart feels ‘bad’. I could search for reasons … but that’s not going to end well. My tendency is to look inward to find reasons for the way I feel … surprisingly I find many reasons all too quickly.

Maybe that’s why we are exhorted to rejoice, be grateful and thankful more so than introspective. I think it’s also why we are encouraged to leave the judging of our hearts to the One who knows us best.

For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 
‭‭I John‬ ‭3:20 ‭NKJV‬‬

So how are you? Go a chapter further into 1 John:

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

‭‭I John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So … not grumpy, not tired, and better than good!

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4 Responses to How are you? 

  1. mcunneen says:

    A wise response, it’s good to be reminded to do a ‘heart check’.
    Thanks 😊

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  2. Katherine says:

    Hi Anne. Stumbled across your blog as we have plenty of common friends (and I knew Scott, slightly, from church once upon a time). Thank you, it’s going to be a place of encouragement for me (a fellow [extreme] INFJ), I think. Yesterday I had questions about whether it is possible to serve or sacrifice, without that occasional grumpiness creeping in, in this lifetime. I was feeling guilty about not feeling joyful all the time when people ask for my help. I even asked a friend “does God know I do it because he asks it of me”? So, this post and reminder from God’s Word was perfectly timed for me. Bless you and your family. I’ll stay tuned 🙂


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