The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 nkjv
How are you?
Have a great day!
I love you.
God bless you.
What do these phrases have in common? Are they just phrases we've used so much that the feelings behind and the meanings of them have been devalued? For example, when I say How are you?, do I want to know how someone really is? Or is it just a habit. And when we answer, I'm fine, is that by rote as well? When the cashier tells me Have a great day!, does she mean it? What about I love you--one of the most commonly used phrases of all time.
And guess what? I am so guilty! I know these are phrases we've learned from childhood as greetings and what not, but I've decided to really begin thinking about what I am going to say or how I'm going to respond, and do my best to truly mean it. And I've got a gut feeling that this is going to be way harder than I think!
I remember answering the phone one day:
So and so: Hi, this is SoandSo
Me: I'm fine!
She didn't even get How are you? out of her mouth, which I assumed was going to be her line, before I blurted out my normal, nobrainer, typical cliche' of I'm fine!
All this brings me to the last one I've mentioned--God Bless you.
With this one, for the record I would like you to know that I really do mean it when I say God bless you.
So, when you see:
after my comment to you, know that I really mean it, and I am giving you an abbreviated version of the above scripture and not just a quick God Bless You after you sneeze!
It's All GOD BLESS YOU Good!