“I Am Fantastic, How Are You?”

“I am fantastic, how are you?”

A couple of Saturdays ago I stopped by St. Tammany Parish Hospital to make a visit after our Saturday evening service. Since it was later in the evening, the information desk was manned by a Sheriff’s deputy.

As I walked by I innocently asked “How are you?”

His reply caught me by surprise: “I am fantastic, how are you?”

When a stranger responds with that kind of affirmative attitude, I usually smile and say, “I’m not doing quite as well as you, but I’m still doing well!”

When I say that, people normally will laugh and we both move on. This deputy did something different. He wouldn’t let it go. He said, “Fantastic is a state of mind. It’s up to you.”

Fantastic is a state of mind. Many things in life are a state of mind as well. You’ve probably heard the famous saying, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” The proverb found in the King James Version of the Bible is so true, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

Life is not as simple as responding, “I’m fantastic,” but it is important to have a positive outlook, understand that there are many things you can control, and that your attitude is one of those things.

I may not ever get to the point of responding to a “How are you?” greeting with “I’m fantastic!”, but I know I am happier when I smile, look people in the eye, and greet them as I meet them.I also know I’m happier when I determine early in the day to have a good, positive outlook about the day. Part of my devotional time in the morning is to get myself “happy in the Lord” so that I can make the most of the day.

As spend time with God, I need to remember I’m not alone. I need to meditate on the fact that God is with me, and He never leaves me, and that I can depend on Him.

I need to remember He gives guidance and wants to be involved in my life.I need to let God’s word feed my mind so that I can be renewed in Him.

How are you today?

How are you going to face the day?

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7 Comments


  1. Mark Graham
    Jan 27, 2016

    Now that we can scan the brain with MRI’s we are seeing the scientific evidence of Prov 23:7 and other verses that direct us to be mindful of our thoughts [“whatsoever is excellent, true, pure, praiseworthy, etc. think on these things”]. The brain continues to be flexible, capable of burning new neuron pathways, throughout life. Whatever we practice regularly, whether gratitude, complaining or playing the guitar, develops measurable increase in brain activity and enlargement of brain cells associated with that activity. We become, more and more day by day, what we are thinking and practicing. Be thankful and you will become more thankful. Be stressed and you will become more stressed. Peaceful, kind, gracious, etc. Practicing the principles of the Christian Faith [Christ’s teachings and Biblical thinking] literally changes the physiology of the brain in a measurable proportion. Those interested can research “neuro-plasticity”. The scientists are finally catching up to the theologians ;>) And of course honest science, submitted to the beneficent pursuit of truth, has contributed greatly to our world, and if pursued to its ultimate end, points toward the God of this universe, revealed in Jesus the Christ.


    • The Millers
      Jan 28, 2016

      Have heard interesting talks by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a believer, on the science of this.
      Drleaf.com
      This is a good reminder for me.
      I am thankful for joy even in a season of great pain.


  2. Tissie Gibson
    Jan 27, 2016

    I am feeling great and happy to be alive and well. Looking forward to Martha’s Bible study this morning! I heartily agree that our attitude is something that we can control.


  3. Dale Stewart
    Jan 27, 2016

    Please add me to receive daily devotional. Thank you, Dale


  4. Rebecca
    Jan 27, 2016

    I’m approaching fantastic.


  5. Arazella
    Jan 27, 2016

    I like how Dave Ramsey answers when asked how he is “better than I deserve.”
    I often answer I’m blessed or I’m saved or I’ve been better and not I’ve been worse and will be both again.


  6. The Millers
    Jan 28, 2016

    I think the “FANTASTIC” has more to do about Jesus than us.
    Because HE is, we can be too.

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