Somehow, somewhere it started. I’m not exactly sure when or how it did, but it happened! A simple adjustment in attitude and posture that has made a world of difference!
There is a man in our church that I actually have known since I was a boy; he served as a Boy Scout Leader and was in my small community growing up. I’ve also had the privilege of watching him faithfully serve our church for the last 35 years! Every single Sunday while my five children were growing up, he would greet them by name and talk with each of them about their lives. His faithfulness and longevity is to be applauded!
But what really sticks out to me is his consistency every time (and I mean every time) he is asked, “How are you doing, Chuck?” His response is always, “Excellent!”
Now I am quite convinced that there had to have been a few moments over the years that Chuck wasn’t doing so “excellent,” but that did not stop his response. I don’t believe that it was a canned response, nor do I believe that he was making it up! So I decided some years back to start giving that same response when asked the question!
It never ceases to amaze me how surprised people are after they ask how I am doing and my answer is, “Excellent!” No one expects that answer! It’s so much more powerful than, “Same ole, same ole,” or “Do you really want to know?” or “Why complain, nobody really cares!” I have found this simple response serves as a reminder to me that life is good, and it also brightens others’ days, as well!
Through all of life’s ups and downs, bumps and bruises, highs and lows, I have learned that “it is well with my soul!” God never promised us easy circumstances, but he did promise peace in the midst of storms, an inner joy through discouragement and a sense of purpose through every problem! So it’s all good, even when it’s not so good.
God never asked us to thank Him because of our circumstances but through them. I am so thankful for learning this lesson. No matter what is coming my way, I can still say it still well with my soul!
I Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Speaking out loud that you’re life is good, even when you don’t feel it, can have a powerful impact on your thoughts, your day and your life! It will help remind you to be thankful for the things that are going right.
So next time someone asks you how you’re doing, go ahead and give it a try, respond with “Excellent” and watch the response you will get from them, and see what happens inside of you, as well!