On my blog stats page today, I ran across this search term that somebody used.. “never just be okay”.. it somehow brought a person to my blog.

These words caught my eye because as I read through the stats, I thought about what it might mean if I took these words to heart. When people ask how you are, do you ever find yourself saying, “I’m okay”? Or maybe “good”? I know I do..

Think about it though.

To live with the intention of “never just being okay” would mean really answering that question of how you are today. Maybe you’re not doin’ so well today and you need someone to listen. Maybe you’re doing fabulously. Maybe all isn’t the greatest, but you’re smilin’ anyway. I like to find a reason to be glad in everything, because I believe that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

Next time you ask somebody how they’re doin’, notice how many people just sort of brush off the question. Notice how many actually stop to listen. Just lending an ear when a person needs it can brighten their day and yours.

I just read this quote by Mark Twain today that said, “the best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up.”

And it really makes sense.

The point, I guess, is to not be satisfied with the mediocre. I cannot be content to be “just okay”. Share real life with people. How you are really doing, and how they are also. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve, but be honest with people. Share when you are in need. And share your joy. It is just what the world needs.. to have real joy shared with it.

So don’t be just okay.. for as long as you have breath, smile and praise God. 🙂

“Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)” [Psalm 150:6, Amplified Bible]