Pastor's Column: How are you ... really?
May 15. 2013 1:28PM
I’m starting a new club, called the “Just Fine Club”. The club has no dues and no meetings. You’ve probably already qualified to be a member and you don’t even know it. Here’s how it works: When someone greets you with, “Hi! How are you?” simply say, “I’m fine, just fine.” It doesn’t matter how you really feel. You may have pneumonia or a life-threatening disease, or maybe you just lost your job. Just tell the inquirer that you’re fine. You see, it’s an automatic response. Even if you’re feeling lousy and have had a rotten day, everything’s fine, just fine. Maybe you don’t want to bother the questioner with all your troubles, it takes too much time to enumerate all your maladies, or you don’t care to go into detail about all that’s gone wrong, is going wrong, or is about to go wrong. It’s just not worth it, so you’re fine, just fine.
It’s not really an accurate picture, is it? Sometimes we think that everything is fine when it’s not fine at all. Take for example the rich fool in Luke 12:13-21. Now—realize that this man was not a fool simply because he was rich, but because he trusted his riches to do something they could never do; namely, to protect him against what would happen on the day of his death. He was staking his future on shaky ground; or, more accurately, shaky granaries. Because of his material prosperity, this man made elaborate plans to store all his grain and goods, to kick back and relax, and just take life easy. He had it made! He was fine, just fine. Or was he? God’s warning came directly to this man: “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” The man wouldn’t even be able to enjoy what he had so carefully laid by; he would die and someone else would benefit from all his hard work and careful planning. Jesus is not knocking hard work and careful planning; just realize that these will get you only so far. What’s the answer? Be rich toward God; put Him first. Then you really will be fine, just fine.