I’m Fine Thank You

How often have others responded to your question, “How are you?” with the answer, “I’m fine, thank you.”? Is this how you generally answer when you are asked the question?Recently, my wife and I were in a doctor’s office reception area. As the nursing assistant came to take folk in for their appointment, her first question was, “How are you?” and, four out of five responses were “I’m fine.” If they were fine, why were they in the doctor’s office? Well, I suppose there could be many reasons.What does it mean when you say, “I’m fine”? Factually speaking, “I’m fine” implies that you are doing well physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. That you are whole, complete. No problems. If that is not true, is “I’m fine” just a phrase you mouth but do not mean it in your heart?The Bible has this prayer about our words: May the words that come out of my mouth and the deep thoughts of my heart meet with Your gracious approval, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)You know, only truth is acceptable to God. Unless we are totally fine, maybe “I’m fine” need to be replaced with truthful and gracious responses. Just a thought 😊  

–Jeba Moses