I greet a lot of people and a lot of people greet me.
What is it we ask when we greet one another, often without intentional thought? O yes, “How are you doing?”
What is it we say in response, often without intentional thought? O yes, “I’m fine thanks, and, how are you?”
This morning, here is my answer with intentional thought:
- Spiritually sustained
- Mentally depleted
- Emotionally thin
- Physically worn out
- Three weeks after Harvey and still a lot of misery.
- Our multi-million-dollar church building is stripped to the studs.
- My dining room ceiling was destroyed, and one of its walls.
- Decisions, choices, insurance adjustors, repairs, and more.
- So many friends got flooded and lost everything.
- And probably some other things too.
I know. I’m the Senior Minister of a fine church. My family is safe. My house received minimal damage compared to many. I’m blessed and healthy. Why should I be tired, weary, and discouraged? What reason would I have?
Someone who is strong and a true winner in life once said:
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”
Sure, Amen! Yes, to that. No doubt about it. That’s what tough people do. I think I’ll get going to Colorado. Call me when it’s over.
No, just kidding.
There are some things that lift my spirit, fill my heart, and renew my energy:
- Work crews arriving from all over the country. They are taking time away from their families and jobs to help us.
- Churches, individuals, and organizations donating money, materials, and labor to dig us out and build us up.
- The stories of heroism, from the first responders to everyday people, have encouraged and inspired me.
- And lastly, the Lord my God will not let me down. He will have the final word and his word will be good.
There are reasons to rejoice, to keep trying, to keep going. No, I’m not minimizing anyone’s pain or suffering, or suggesting the hardships and heartaches of Harvey are easily resolved or left behind.
But there are spiritual truths, values, and blessings to help us. As Paul wrote,
“Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.”
“How are you doing Rick?” “Actually, I’m doing better thank you!