How You Doin?

If you’ve ever watched the TV show Friends, you’ve heard Joey say this. He says it to girls he wants to date but he isn’t looking for some deep answer, in fact he doesn’t really want to know how she is doing, he just wants to know if she is interested in him. I would like to ask you the same question...not like Joey would or even in a “chance meeting inside Walmart” way; I mean a serious, sit down at a table with a cup of coffee way. But before you answer, let me narrow the scope a little. I don’t necessarily mean physically or even mentally....I want to know how you are doing spiritually. This is the most important of the three. How you are spiritually will directly effect every other area.

How Do I Know How I Am Doing Spirituality?

Good question. We may think we are doing much better than we actually are. I mean, could I be closer to God? Absolutely! How about you? If we are honest, we all could improve our relationship with our Heavenly Father. I know what you are probably thinking.....thanks Gary, you’ve got me feeling real good about myself.....let’s change that!

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth”. We can do this through studying the Word of God. The more you study, the more you learn about Jesus. I enjoyed reading about my friend Alan Myers studying the book of Romans. You should read his blog if you haven’t already. Romans has so much information about the human struggle and the work Jesus has done to bring us closer to Him. Don’t know how to study? Find a Bible study group with some people you know. Ask questions and dive in as a group. Study Bibles are great tools as well. The main thing is getting in and learning more than you knew before. You will feel better and you will improve your spiritual relationship with God. It’s a win-win! Just like any relationship, you learn more about each other as you spend time together. Spending time in God’s word along with speaking your heart to Him in prayer is letting God know that you want to be closer to him. Don’t forget that Jesus is a patient and loving savior and will help you through the growing process of your very special relationship. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you see areas to strengthen, change, or even discard in your life. As you grow closer to God, you will be able to stand strong, resist the enemy and say “I’m doing great, thanks for asking!”