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Daily Devotional

Are You Ok?

February 24, 2019 - 12:00 am

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“Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and rejoicing may end in grief.”
— Proverbs 14:13

In honour of my father’s memory and in the spirit of carrying on his legacy and passion for helping Christians like yourself understand the Jewish roots of your faith, I will continue to share his inspirational teachings and message through these devotions.

In Proverbs we read: “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.” The traditional understanding of this teaching is that we shouldn’t confuse fun with fulfilment or being at a party with being at peace. While we may be attracted to activities that look like fun, they won’t necessarily fill our heart and soul. The material world can be enjoyable, but left unchecked, it can lead a person to an empty life, or even a self-destructive lifestyle.

However, I think that there is an additional lesson to be learned from this verse, one very relevant today. Scripture is not just teaching us something about ourselves, but something we need to know about others. Just because someone is laughing, doesn’t mean they are happy. Just because someone appears to be enjoying life, doesn’t mean they are okay.

In Australia, the country has instituted a national “R U OK Day.” The “R U OK” organization was founded by the son of a successful businessman whom everyone thought was thriving in life. However, this man’s father was not okay, and tragically, he took his own life. When Gavin Larkin grew up, he wanted to do something positive with the tragedy of losing his father. He started his organization in order to get people to look at others beneath the surface and check in on how they are really doing.

Gavin wanted people to ask “Are you okay?” and really mean it. A lot of people need help, but don’t ask for it. A lot of people look fine, but are not okay at all. By asking this one simple question, Gavin believed that future tragedies could be averted.

The Bible teaches us: “Don’t just stand by when your neighbour’s life is in danger” (Leviticus 19:16 The Message), and then immediately after that comes the command to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). We are commanded to love others — and love means not being indifferent to another person’s pain. Unfortunately, we have come to learn as a society that when a person feels unwell emotionally, their life might be in danger. We are not allowed to stand idly by when someone’s life is at stake, and so we must do what we can to ensure the emotional well-being of others, as well as their physical safety.

Today, pick one or two people to check up on. Ask “Are you okay?” and really mean it. Listen deeply when others speak to you and look them in the eye. Most of all, come from a place of love and concern. If we take the time to sincerely ask this simple question, we could change a life — or even save one.

     

4 Responses to Are You Ok?

  1. Brenda says:

    Wow so deep and kindly put. Deep insight into one another is caring. I get this. Thanks

  2. Ever says:

    Thank you very much for your topic.No truer words has been spoken.You have expressed are you O.K beautifully. I am sure every person in this entire world if we search within our selves and be honest we can relate to this devotion .In today’s busy society we as people are barely seen,and definitely not heard.”We all need to be like the Good Samaritan in the Story . “This world is our Journey we are traveling through.Lets us Stop, asked and really listen to each other.Show each other that we care.Through words , action and kindness.Let us walk truly in Love and compassion with each other and mean it. Then we will be O.k. “Peace”.

  3. Marsha Miller says:

    Yael, I want you to know that your father is cherished deeply in my heart. He has been my inspirational mentor for many years through the daily devotions. I appreciate you sooo much for continuing his workmanship of devoted lovingkindness to all . I am sending you a heart to heart hug full of gratitude, love, peace, & joyfulness because your father is with ABBA Father in Heaven.

  4. Arthur Locke says:

    Good advice !

    Art

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