“I’m good thanks.” How many times throughout the day do we utter this phrase when talking to friends, family or even complete strangers. This is, unfortunately, a normal answer, to the question, “How are you?” but what would happen if we told people how we were actually doing?

Sometimes we are so concerned with wanting to look strong or not to burden someone with our personal troubles, that we act as if everything is fine. When we are guarded and keep everything to ourselves instead of being real with other people, it is the opposite of what God wants for us.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

God loves community and unity. He loves it when people are kind and gentle to each other. He appreciates it when we are vulnerable with each other and show compassion, love, and encouragement. When we are real with others, and let people into our lives to share the good and the bad times, that is when we can connect with people and let our inner light shine.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the fruits of the spirit. We were created to be fruitful in our life, but sometimes we forget that being fruitful is showing Jesus to other people! Jesus rid us of our shame and burdens at the cross, so why are we still carrying them around? When God told us that we have freedom in Christ, it’s because he has set us free!

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. (Romans 15:5)

The next time someone asks you how you are doing, feel free to express your concerns, your joys, your troubles and your successes!