How are you?
It’s day 12
Amazing! I wake up everyday thinking what am I going to write today and somehow God just always shows up. So we are doing this guys…. 40 days!
Okay so I asked earlier … how are you?
I know a lot of times when we ask that question we aren’t really expecting an answer; to be honest most times we actually ask just to be polite. Very rarely do you ask how are you and actually pull up a chair to hear the response.
Today though, I’m asking. I’m asking because I want to know. How are you really? And wait before you mumble a quick “I’m fine.” Think about it.
It’s funny how these days when someone asks me this same question then I realize that I don’t have the honest answer to that because I rarely think about myself. In fact I’m always on auto reply mode. My answer is always
And if someone stirs things up a bit and asks “how are you really?”!
I will be fine is the first thing that bubbles up into my mouth from my heart even before I think about it. It’s reflex.
Okay so I’m asking you now. Before you rattle off the usual answers please take a minute and really ask yourself. Take a moment to look into your life. Is everything okay? Do you need someone to talk to?
Life can be so stressful and sometimes we are surrounded by so many people yet we can feel so lonely like we have no one to talk to. Sometimes we are the one everyone talks to so it’s hard to not have a savior mentality. I can be like that I rarely get people who ask how I am. So I’ve gotten used to being the one asking so when people do ask I don’t know what to do with that 😊
Yesterday I saw an Instagram post of a young lead pastor of a vibrant church who committed suicide. He was just 30 years old with a very young wife and kids. Terribly sad.
I kept thinking to myself how ministry and leadership can be so lonely. If you try to do it without the power of the Holy Spirit you will end up feeling drained and depressed a lot of times. I keep thinking how very little attention we pay to our mental health in this part of the world.
The Bible though makes us understand how important mental health too is. God wants us to prosper in our minds too.
Your soul houses your mind – where your thoughts and ideas come from. Where your emotions reside.
Every time I read this I feel like God is asking me “How are you honey?” Like he has given me ways to measure if I’m okay.
Am I okay? Physically? Am I healthy in my body? Do I feel strong enough to take on tasks and handle things? Do I hurt anywhere?
Am I okay emotionally? When I smile does it reach my eyes? Am I just acting like I’m okay? Do I cry at night and then act like nothing’s wrong? Do I bottle things up or do I deal with issues as they come? How do I feel?
Am I okay spiritually? Do I have a healthy and active relationship with Jesus? What’s my prayer and study life like? How often do I live out what I say I believe? Am I truly experiencing a vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do I still hear God speak to me?
Listen to me darling, you’ve got to be okay. God wants you to be. If you feel you aren’t then find someone to talk to. Suicide is on the uprise because satan is on the rampage. It’s final hours people and he knows it.
I need you to know that no man or woman 😉 was created an island. We were created for relationship. You don’t have to handle it alone. Find someone to talk to. You’ll be surprised at how many people care enough to listen and possibly even help.
This is also a call for us to help each other. To love each other. Someone is hurting. Someone needs you. Will you be there?
My point is we need each other so reach out today.
Let me ask you again and this time think before you answer.
How are you?
Okay guys gotta go but before I do here’s a hug.