How Are You Doing Today?

I'm tired. 


That's not the most glamorous way to start a blog post after a month and a half away... but I'm tired and I feel the need to be honest. 

Honesty seems to be a luxury these days. How many times do I say I'm "fine" when someone asks me how I'm doing - especially on a rough day.

I often wonder what would happen if I were completely honest when asked that question. Would it be off-putting? Would someone question my motives for my response? Would they pity me on a rough day or show empathy? Would they be frustrated at my sharing joy or would they join me in my celebration?

One of the most challenging verses in the Bible for me is Romans 12:15:

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.

If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.

Instead of taking the time to truly rejoice with another, I tend to compare their joy to my suffering.

Instead of understanding their sorrow, I seem to thank God I don't have to deal with their situation.

What I'm called to do is something far different. We are each called to stay in that moment of discomfort, that vulnerability of sharing with one another. Weep with those who weep. Understand their suffering and walk alongside them through it. Rejoice with those who rejoice. Praise out of pure joy, not forgetting the things that hurt us, but allowing the Lord to carry those things with us. For he hears us when we tell him how we are doing. He shares in our suffering, walks with us, and shares in the joy of triumph over that sorrow. The beauty of the Lord lies in his desire to walk alongside us. He does not desert us in times of need, but remains with us.  

Jesus, Remain In Me. 

Let this be our prayer tonight: that the Lord would truly dwell within us and would comfort us, rejoice with us, and most of all make himself known in the times we need him the most. 

Jesus, Remain In Me.

Help me to know your love, your comfort, your strength. Help me to understand your desire for my peace and my joy. Help me to never forget the intensity of your love for me. May that get me through rough days, and allow me to share the joy that overflows on the good days. Jesus, you are enough for me. Help me to believe I am enough for you. 

Jesus, Remain In Me.