“How are you today?”, “I’m good, you?”
“How’s work?”, “It’s going well.”
Do those sound familiar? They are to me. I use them even when I’m having a really crummy day or I’ve got a lot going on at work and it’s starting to stress me out. Depending on who I’m talking to those questions may not be really questions seeking a genuine answer. Sometimes it just seems like so much effort to fully answer the question honestly and what if they didn’t really want to hear my answer anyway and they were just being polite and making small talk?
The Jesus Calling entry for today was about that. About how we aren’t always real with people and we have these “performance pressures”, keeping up appearances. It talked about how God wants us to relax in His presence. He wants us to trust him so completely that we are completely at peace with being ourselves around Him.
If God asks you, “How are you?” and you just answer with “Fine.” instead of being truthful about that hurtful word someone said to you that has really stuck in your mind I think He may give you a look. That look a father gives their child when they know their kid just fibbed. Yeah. That one.
John 15:13-15 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
We have been called friends of God. He shares with us and we should share with Him through our honesty with Him.