60. How am I doing?

“Good morning, Stan, how are you doing today?” I greeted him.

Stan didn’t respond right away, but then said, “Great question!”

“I didn’t intend it to be a great question, I was just greeting you,” I said a bit defensively.

“I know,” Stan replied, “but I want to make a point.”

“Go ahead,” I said with some anticipation.

“It is essential,” Stan continued, “but I do not do it often enough, to ask God, ‘How am I doing?’” 

“How you are doing about what?” I asked.

“How am I doing in growing in my relationship with Him.  He is the only one who can answer that to His satisfaction, and it is up to me to ask on a regular basis.”

“Do you do that?” I asked.

“As I said, not nearly often enough.  But I can tell you that when I am totally open to asking Him, and totally open to hearing and listening to His response, I have a great sense of His love and kindness towards me.”

Stan continued. “God wants me to be in an ever-growing and ever-deepening relationship with Him.  He does not force it, but that is what He wants.  And when I ask Him how I am doing, He is eager to respond to help me In following His lead.  Great feeling!”

“If it is so great, why don’t you ask Him more often?”

“Another great question!” was Stan’s response. 

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And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.  Luke 2:24.

Prayer:   Lord, thank you for wanting me to have an ever-deepening relationship with you.  Please forgive me for not asking you more often how you think I am doing in going in that direction.  Please open me to ask and to listen to your response.  And please, Lord, help me in following where you want to lead.  Amen.

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