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Better than we deserve
November 1, 2010
by Rev. Mark Loder, St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Winsted

“Hey there, how you doin’?” A regular question to our regular days, right? We pass by someone we know, and hopefully even someone we don’t, and either ask, or hear that question.

So what’s your answer? Chances are, a quick, stock response comes forth, as if someone pulled the talk string coming out your back: “Good,” or “I’m fine.” And then, we walk away as the string gathers itself back – just don’t trip!

Think about it. Throughout our days, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that most of our conversations with people are about five to 10 words. Sure, some may engage us more than others, and those few words may turn into a few minutes, or even a lunch meeting, but shorter is the majority.

And what does that mean for you? It means that you have an opportunity to share the joy you have from Jesus!

“Well, maybe I’m not feeling that joy. Maybe I don’t really feel as though Jesus is with me all the time.”

Well, that’s alright. I get that. There are times that we all feel a bit down, and as though God is not with us. But you can be assured that despite how you feel, God transcends feelings. Psalm 139, verses 1 and 2 reminds us, “O Lord, you have searched me and know me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up.”

Further, it’s good for us to know that even though God is with us, that doesn’t mean our lives will resemble a plush flower garden. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

Did you catch that? The junk of life is still going to come our way. The tides of marital problems will ebb and flow, the sheets of parental challenges will fall from the sky, the gale-force winds of financial struggles will threaten our deep-rooted existence, the flash of lightning will blind us with sudden crises in our lives, and we will fall to our knees as the thunder deafens our faith. It will happen. And though the storm may not be great for some, it will be horrific for others.

But you are encouraged to look to the words of Matthew and be assured that the storms of life will not knock you off the Rock. In fact, the Rock, Jesus, continues to clutch us and bless us through those events of life.

That brings me back to our regular conversations in our regular days. Everyone’s regular is different. But everyone’s reality is equal – everyone is blessed.

You are encouraged this day to put an extra response in your pocket as you run out to do errands. When someone asks, “How are you?,” respond with the truth of your life, “I am better than I deserve.”

Think about it – it’s true!