“Better than I deserve!” That’s my favorite response when someone asks how I’m doing. Yes, I stole it from Dave Ramsey. But that’s beside the point.
The point is, inspirational greetings are powerful.
One time in Publix I used the “better than I deserve” greeting when I was checking out. The cashier replied bluntly but in a kind tone, “I think you deserve what you have!” We then entered into a short conversation about the numerous blessings we have. In the space of about thirty seconds, I was blessed with the opportunity to explain to her and the bagger (not to mention another shopper at the next register who had turned around to listen) that I’m better than I deserve because I’m a sinner who has been forgiven in Christ!
I’m better than I deserve because I’m a sinner who has been forgiven in Christ!
When someone asks how you’re doing, instead of answering in typical fashion, consider answering in such a way that will get their attention in an uplifting, spiritual way. You don’t necessarily have to use the Dave Ramsey line. You could say something like…
“God has been good to me!”
“I’m happy in the Lord!”
“Rejoicing in Christ!”
Any of these greetings can gently crack open the door of someone’s heart and encourage them to let you in, if only for a brief moment. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). The Apostle Paul instructed Christians, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Col. 4:5). An inspirational greeting is one small way to shine our light and take advantage of the opportunities God has placed around us, even in mundane situations like talking to a cashier in a grocery store.
What inspirational greetings do you like to use (or hear)? Please share them in the comments below!