Our lives are getting busier and busier each day. We have errands to run, children that need to be shuttled to various activities, and we work long hours. Our minds become focused on the next scheduled item, losing awareness of people around us or how we interact with those people. A couple of days ago I heard, “Hey, I’ll be there at noon.” spoken from the person behind me. I turned to look because I hadn’t heard any other voices and wondered if she was talking to me. Did you notice how she started her conversation? It wasn’t “hi”, or “hello”; it was “hey”. We have become so common place and lax in our communication style that we don’t take the time to stop and greet one another before sharing information. Why is that? Have we become so self-absorbed in our lives and getting items checked off a list? Are we afraid that a greeting will turn into a lengthy conversation? Your greeting is your first impression.
Paul was great at greetings. He started many of his letters with who he was as the sender, who was to receive the greeting and then the greeting. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” was Paul’s most common greeting. It was not just a quick hello. Rather it is a greeting focusing on grace extended to us through Jesus Christ and peace as a result of his grace.
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:1-2 (ESV)
Let’s follow Paul’s example and greet each other with warmth.
Until Next Time,