“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.
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.