As most of you know, Donna and I were privileged to spend a few days recently at the Freed-Hardeman University lectures.  It is always a profitable experience for us and we appreciate that opportunity more than we can express.

The time we get to spend with at least some of our family is invaluable.  The wonderful fellowship we get to enjoy with people of “…like precious faith…” (2 Peter 1:1) is a highlight of our year as well.

However, the primary reason for attending this event and others like it is that it is a learning experience.  It would be almost impossible to calculate the tremendous benefit I receive as a result of getting to “sit at the feet” of great men of God (and in Donna’s case great women of God).  What a wonderful opportunity to gain insights into the scriptures!

However, one of the great “life lessons” I learned this year took place outside of the various locations where the lectures were delivered.  I learned a lot as I was walking across campus, having breakfast at our motel with other Christians, at the book exhibit, etc.

Often, as I was making my way to another event, I would meet somebody.  Their greeting was the standard, “Hey, how’re you doin’?”  They were in a hurry and I was in a hurry, so the casual greeting was merely an acknowledgement that we’d seen one another.  Maybe we hadn’t seen each other for a long time.  Maybe we’d already seen each other a few time the same day.  It didn’t really matter, I don’t suppose.  We were really just saying “hello” to each other.

Then, there were those who stopped me, looked me squarely in the eye, and asked, “How are you doing?”  That question was totally different from a casual greeting.

You see, it was not a casual greeting.

It really was a question.

These people had not seen me for quite a while.  They had heard something about some of the health issues I’ve dealt with over the last couple of years or so.  They might not have known any details.  In fact, some of them told me that they “had just heard something.”  Most of them informed that they’d been praying for me.

Because of them, I learned some great lessons at those lectures.  Among other things, I learned that…

  • God’s family is the greatest family there is.
  • We all have people who care even when we don’t know about their care.
  • We may have people praying for us when we are unaware of those prayers being offered.
  • It means a lot when somebody is interested in you personally.
  • It means even more when somebody is praying for you personally.

And – the #1 lesson I learned was that I need to do a lot better job of being a “how are you doing” person instead of a “how’re you doin’?” person

How about you?  Are there individuals for whom you care deeply?  Do they know about your care for them?  Are you doing anything to demonstrate that care?


…the members should have the same care one for another (1 Cor. 12:25, KJV)


Jim Faughn