When we run into somebody we know, regardless of where we might be, the first thing we usually say is, "Hi, there, how are you?"
Now the question really is, 'Do we really Want to know'? Do we want to stand there, thinking about when we are going to get to finish our mission that we are on, or do we really want to hear the ills that have beset the person we run into?
Because, believe you me, most of them will have something they want to tell you about, and if we are truly a sincere person, and not just giving lip service to our desire to serve Jesus, we will be happy to listen and commiserate with them. We are doing a service to our fellow man (or woman - and most usually it will be a woman who has something to relate to us) when we can listen earnestly to what they have to say about their ills.
No, really, we do not ask unless we really want to hear. I know it certainly made me feel better when I was recovering from my illness last year when I came very close to "crossing over Jordan" several times, that I could talk to people about my surgeries and tell them how blessed I was to have so many friends who cared about me and prayed for my recovery. Probably some of them grew weary of my talking about "how I was", but I am grateful for their ministering to me.
Anyway, the next time you ask someone, "hey, how ya' been?", be ready to listen, because they may really need to have someone to talk to, and you could be doing a good deed without realizing it.
We didn't get to go to Knoxville today, because it was storming outside, and I didn't want to take Gramps out into the weather or my sisters-in-law, either. The rain stopped tonight, so we will go in tomorrow. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. I had a call from my daughter, Carol, today. She calls me at least once a week with news about her family. It's always good to talk to her. I'll be chatting with Teresa this weekend.
That is it for today. Much love to each of you. Bye for now. More later. Do yourself a favor and ask some one, "How are you?" and listen to what they have to say.