Cover 2019-07-07

Ron Writes

How Are You?

Howdy! How are you today? Good morning! Hello.

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus talked about exchanging greetings with strangers, not just your friends (Mt. 5:47). Today, it it’s not unusual for folks to not even greet their friends.

A brochure for German tourists reminded them that when Americans ask, “How are you?” they don’t expect a serious answer in return. When someone asks us “how are you?” they’re not requesting a list of all the aches, pains, and hardships we’ve had this week. One preacher said he cheerfully greeted a friend with “good morning” and the man snapped back “what’s good about it?”

“How are you?” My dad’s response was “just right.” His explanation was that whether he was doing poorly or really good, it was just right. You may have heard Dave Ramsay, the budgeting guru, respond, “Better than I deserve!”

I often respond, “fantastic!” or “Marvelous.” Sometimes they’ll bite, “what’s so great?” I tell them, “It’s the best day of my life.” If they’re still on the hook, they’ll often ask, “is it your birthday?” or “….anniversary?” No, it’s the only day I’ve got, yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here and I only have today. It’s a gift from God, that’s why they call it “the present”.

I have several acquaintances who are good friends with Gene Stallings, former coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the NFL St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals. Coach Stallings had a son with Down Syndrome, John Mark, now deceased. John Mark had a bubbly, cheery personality and was loved by everyone. Coach Stallings said, “When Mark was asked, ‘How are you?’ he invariably responded, ‘I fine.’” Coach said, “If Mark can always be ‘fine’, we all can.”

A Southern Gospel Spiritual suggests an answer, “I’m drinking from my saucer, ‘cause my cup has overflowed.”

How are you?