Saturday, April 23, 2016

How You Doing?

by Tim Howard

Ever gone to a store or visit a coffee shop and upon entering you’re asked by one of the employees – ‘How are you doing?’ We all have! Who hasn’t been told by a sales clerk, a personal attendant or some other representative to ‘Have a nice day’ upon leaving – Even if it’s 6 pm and the day is behind us!

Phrases like this are commonplace and are usually asked or spoken with no genuine desire to ascertain the truth. They are just mindless statements full of niceties and pleasantries.

As a disclaimer: I too find myself asking rhetorical questions that don’t require an answer and make statements that aren’t rooted in real concern.

When I do, however, broach the subject of ‘wellbeing’ with a person and ask the question – “ How are you doing’ with sincerity, I’m amazed to hear this phrase more often than ever before, “I’m Tired!”

We live in a decade of tiredness! Speaking with a friend recently – she was describing the challenges of raising a grandchild. I chimed in by saying: “ I can relate!” Having my grandson living with us and being a part of the ongoing process of development can be exhausting. I found myself saying to this person: “ People tell me that children keep you young but mine just keeps me tired.”

Weariness is epidemic! People are worn out, exhausted, fatigued, dog-tired, frazzled and too often live on the edge of burnout. In view of this, it may be helpful to know that weariness is not a product of Hard Work.

Working too hard does not create weariness – Working too hard on the things that don’t really matter – causes this condition. Solomon in his book; Ecclesiastes said: When you give yourself to things ‘Under the Sun’ – things that don’t last, the things that are temporal and fleeting without any connection to those things ‘Above the Sun’ – You will experience weariness!

That may be the rationale that prompted The Apostle Paul to gives this admonition: Col. 3:2 “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Jesus even said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest… “

The real answer to weariness is found when you connect the temporal to the eternal – the things that are ‘Above!’  The things that produce lasting ramifications and are eternal because they are connected to Jesus – who is eternal.

When this happens – our life ‘Under the Sun’ is redefined by those things ‘Above the Sun.’ Meaning, purpose, hope, joy and strength begin to dispel and replace weariness and fatigue. Our lives receive a resurrection of sorts!

So… How are you doing? Seriously!

Are you focused on things under the sun? Is life all about ‘now’ and just trying to survive. Are the earthly things and challenges capturing your full attention? Have you lost sight of the ‘Big Picture?  Maybe a glance upward will restore a better perspective. Maybe a focus on things ‘Above the Sun’ and ‘In the Son’ will make a positive change. It sure has for my house and me – I know it can for you as well … Josh 24:15

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