Often times when someone asks me how I am doing, I will respond with “better than I deserve”. The plethora of looks I get is always interesting. I started saying this about 2 years ago and I am fairly certain I am not the originator of this line, still I like to use it often for a number of reasons.
1. It is usually a great way to start a conversation.
2. It usually causes people to think a bit before responding.
3. I can say it wholeheartedly, because it’s true.
A typical conversation could go as follows: Hi, how are you today? “I am doing better than I deserve.” Then they might say. Hey don’t be so hard on yourself, your a nice guy! “oh, well being nice doesn’t mean I deserve everything I have”. They may reply, Well. I believe people eventually get what they deserve! To which I might say, “so do I”.
From here it can go many directions from just stopping the conversation altogether, to a lengthy debate about who deserves what and how do we measure what we are worth.
Of course what our foundational truth is based on will determine much of the conversation. Personally I believe in God. I believe God loves me and I have accepted that as Truth. Because of that, it shapes the rest of my thoughts, hence foundational truth and what my life is being built on. Therefore my understanding is we are born separated from God. Jesus Christ provided the way for us to bridge that separation, however if we choose not to accept that as the truth then we remain separated. Using this as a basis therefore we are all deserving of being forever separated from God, but when we accept the bridge that Christ provides we are forever connected to God. In my mind that is doing better than I deserve!
If you believe something different from this, what is it?, and how does it shape how you approach life and the idea of death?