Arriving at the bank, a friendly teller asked how I was doing. My first notion was to deliver one of the usual replies, “I’m fine, I’m good, or I’m doing okay.” To be polite I’d follow up with, “how are you?” But I recalled an earlier meeting with a neighbor of mine. He asked me the question, “How are you doing”? and my response to him was, “wonderfully well.” He came back days later with how he remembered what I said and thought it a pleasing and an unexpected answer. So, I told the lady, “I’m blessed.” She said, “that’s good, that’s good!” Her expression told me she was considering what I said.
When quizzed on my state of being, “how are You?” I want to state the truth. I am blessed regardless of circumstances and expressing the fact causes people to stop and ponder. A “Blessing” implies a giver and possibilities of being blessed themselves. People today are missing satisfaction in life and examining different ways of filling the void.
The politically correct behavior is not being preachy when speaking to people. There are those who take issue with the mention of God unless cursing. But to say, “I’m blessed” delivers a sermon that’s not offensive when specifying your condition and not theirs.
Our opportunities to proclaim the name of Jesus are few and becoming fewer. The smile on our face, a word of truth, God uses to remind people of a need, to give them hope where hope is diminishing. We expect what we say has little value, but we are wrong.
When we are in love with someone, others take notice of the glow on our face. Never doubt, what friends, relatives, and strangers see in your eyes and hear your voice say, delivers a story.
What will be your story today?
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.