by David Phelps

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa

December, 1995

When I was in high school, one of my teachers told us, “When you get to be my age, you won’t ask people ‘How are you?’ any more because you’ll be afraid they might tell you.” Nowadays, at work, whenever I ask people “How are you?” I get a variety of responses and many of them are negative: “I’d be better if it was Friday.” “I’d be better if it was quitting time.” “I’d be better if I wasn't here.”

In contrast, one man, Bob, always has an upbeat answer: “Wonderful!” “Fantastic!” “Outstanding!” Not only does he feel good, but he makes me feel better. In the same way, we can use our answer to this simple, common question to communicate our faith to those around us: “How are you?”–“I’m thankful.” “I’m blessed.” “I’m filled with the Lord.”

The unexpected response will get their attention and they won't be able to say that they didn't ask!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so . . .” (Psalm 107:2a RSV.)


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