Just before class started for mid-week Bible study two nights ago, I was asked why was I so happy. It caught me off guard because I quickly began to think why couldn’t I be happy; what warranted that comment. Now, I was not and am not offended by that question. I just need to talk about it.
Sister ******, I know, was not being mean. She had a bright smile on her face, which I interpreted, as her being happy that I was so happy and she just wanted to know why. However, it was convicting.
Have I been walking around sullen?
Had I been complaining too much?
What had my body language been communicating?
Being real is important for me. When you ask me how I am doing, please do not expect me to give the cliché answer, “I’m fine, thank you. How are you?” If I’m irritated as a result of running behind schedule, I’m going to tell ‘ya! What about one of those days I let my depression get the best of me, you will know, ‘cause I’m gonna tell you that too! Maybe I’m cramping at the moment you ask, Larie will tell you that as well.
Yes, I know that my words must be spoken wisely, depending upon whom I am speaking with and I do. Sometimes I may respectfully respond, “I’m not doing too well but I don’t want to talk about it.” However, I will not tell you that I am fine when I am not. So maybe this is the reason that my happiness was questioned. It is the first time in a long while that I have responded to, “How are you tonight, Larie?” with a smile, bounce and, “I’m good! How ‘bout you?” I should make the effort to elaborate on why I’m feeling good as well.
Lastly, if I am not real with you about what’s on my mind spiritually and emotionally, how will you know what to pray for? How will you be able to encourage me? What specific help would you be able to offer. This flips right back around to you. If you are not real with me, (so basically, if we are not real with people, especially our Brothers & Sisters in Christ), what shall I pray for? How can I encourage you? Specifically, what can I do to help you?
The original topic kind of got away from me, but all that I just said still applies. Right? Make it work y’all!
"...Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other..." James 5:13-16 NIV