Pretend you are walking down the street, another person is walking towards you and they have their head down, now imagine you are having a bad day, maybe your boss yelled at you, your child fought with you this morning, you have a friend who is ill or you are trying to come up with a way to get everything on your long list done. The person approaching you looks up, does a kind of half smile,half grimace and blurts out
"HI! how are you?"
you start to say "I'm fi........"
In a heartbeat that person is gone and never really cared how you are! I think we should all try and be conscious of what greetings we use and try not to use "how are you?" unless you really mean it.
I have been experiencing some horrible pain days and today I had to go out and do some errands on my work break and about 5 people passed me and said "hihowareyou?" as they zoomed by, I just find it incredibly frustrating! I did manage not to scream at them though, so YAY! (oh and I usually answer that question in public with something random, like "PURPLE!" it tells me who is really listening! hee hee)
But then again, I am also guilty of telling people I am "fine" when I am not, which I KNOW people who really know me and really are wondering how I am doing, find incredibly frustrating for them. I'm sorry.
All I can say is this, if I have to admit everyday how crappy or in pain I might be feeling, I feel like I have less time to praise God and it's more about me, me, me. People praying and worrying about me is really sweet but I don't want my life to be about me, me, me! I want my life, my existance, my ALL to be about God and His will for me.
On a side note:
I just picked up Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul today from my library and I am already enamoured with it! I am sure that it will result in many bloggings.
Soli Deo Gloria!