A man finds joy in giving an apt reply —and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23
How are you?” Many of us ask or answer this question several times during our workday. “Fine, thank you. How are you?” and “Very well, thanks, and you?” are typical responses. Most of us know, unless we are talking with our clergyman, physician, or best friend, this question is not an invitation to confide our ailments and complaints.
The answer may be influenced by the day of the week. “Well, for a Monday, I’m okay.” “It’s Wednesday. I’ve survived half the week.” “It’s Friday and I’m great!” Sometimes, the time of day determines the response. The 9 am response, “Well, my day’s started. We’ll see how it goes” becomes, at 4:45 pm, “It’s almost time to go home, and I’m ready.”
I’ve heard many different responses. There was one joyfully surprising answer, though, that will not be forgotten. I asked a stranger, “How are you?” Looking at me with the most peaceful countenance, she said, “I’m blessed!”
My spirit soared! “Wow! You know what? So am I!”
My heart filled with gratitude to our loving, heavenly Father. As His child, I am
blessed! The stranger’s words, “I’m blessed!” brightened the rest of my day and my week. I remember them every time I hear, “How are you?” I don’t know the woman and haven’t seen her since, so I can’t thank her properly. I can make an effort, though, to follow her example. Imagine being able to positively influence another person by a gentle smile and two simple words, “I’m blessed!”
Father, please let my words reflect your love, bringing honor to you and joy to those who hear them. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen