So I want to share this thought. It’s kind of something I have pondered through the years of my walk with the Lord. When we meet and greet at our congregations/churches and people ask how we are, and we are truly struggling, how do we answer?
When I first came to faith over 30 years ago, I didn’t sugarcoat anything. I was, in reality, still pretty hostile and defensive with people I didn’t know. So I tried to keep my social interactions to slim and none. It was God who I most wanted to connect with—not his people.
It was God who I most wanted to connect with—not his people.
I realize now this doesn’t reflect God’s heart or His love. But I also know there was a lot of healing the Lord had to do in me for me to even arrive at that realization. So much of our inner healing comes horizontally—in community—and not just vertically, between God and me.
I have been to more churches and congregations than I can count and I have seen the myriad ways we answer that little 3-word question, “How are you?” Sometimes people don’t even really ask it anymore. It is just something said in passing, like “Good Morning.” [Read more…]