Monday, September 30, 2013

I'm Good

That's my standard response.

"Is there anything I can get you?" . . . "No thank you, I'm good."
"Can I do anything for you?" . . . "That's okay, I'm good."
"How are you doing today?" . . . "I'm good, how are you?"

I think I answer that way because it's safe.  If I don't admit I need or want something then I can't be disappointed when I don't get it.  There's also a little bit of pride in that response.  I don't need you to help me, I can take care of myself.  It's all about putting up walls to protect myself.

In 2 Kings Elisha meets a woman who knows about disappointment.  The Bible tells us this woman was wealthy and we know she was kind and hospitable because she welcomed Elisha into her home and even built a room for him on her roof.  Anytime Elisha was in that area he would stay at her home and she would care for him.  One day when Elisha was staying at her home he decided he wanted to do something for this woman to show his appreciation.
Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tell her, ‘We appreciate the kind concern you have shown us. What can we do for you? Can we put in a good word for you to the king or to the commander of the army?’”
“No,” she replied, “my family takes good care of me.”
Notice her response?  It was the equivalent of, "I'm good."  Elisha wanted to do something for her; he asked if there was anything she wanted or needed, but she said, "I'm good."

This woman did have a need, a hope, a dream, something she had wanted for a long time, but the desire hadn't been fulfilled and she was left with disappointment.  To protect herself she pushed this dream to the back of her heart.  It was easier to say, "I'm good" than to expose herself to hurt again.

Elisha wanted to bless this woman.  Her life was good, but he wanted to give her something better.  I think
many of us can relate to this woman.  We have been hurt by disappointment or unmet expectations.  Life has not turned out the way we wanted it to so we close our hearts and settle for "I'm good."
But God has other plans  . . .

God wasn't finished with this woman and He's not finished with you either.

". . . My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."  
~ John 10:10

Many Blessings,


This post was inspired by Steven's Furtick's "Greater" sermon series.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder that God isn't finished with me yet. I am famous for responding, "I'm good" when I'm really not. Hope you are are doing well Lisa!

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  2. Hi Lisa! How fun to find your blog today! You know, my friend was just telling me about praying 'big'. We don't want to bother the Lord, so we pray 'little'. Kind of like the Wealthy Woman. We all have needs that are important to us, and God knows what they are. If he asks "What is it you want me to do for you?", I want to tell him all the 'big' things!

    Nice to meet you today!
    Ceil

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  3. I say, "I'm good!" often. But your post made me realize I don't always mean it. I need to practice more honesty with God and with others.

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  4. Hi Lisa, I can hear myself saying that often. Your post has really got me thinking, Thank you
    God bless
    Tracy

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