We all have that thing we say, or that our friends say to us, or things that hit us like a rock and never leave us. I've started collecting them and I'm going to share them with you. One quote at a time, one story at a time, here's a little tidbit for you to hold onto.
We'll start with the most important one.
I'm engaged to an amazing guy. He's cool, laid back, funny, passionate, and a really good kisser. He loves Jesus and he points me to him when I am down or depressed. He reminds me of what's really important.
One of the first things I noticed about him was he tended to say "it's all good" a lot. It sort of became a catchphrase around our families. We would say it when something happened that wasn't ideal, or a mistake, or an accident, or when something annoying happened.
It wasn't until about a year ago we were really talking about some heavy stuff when he mentioned it's not just about letting stuff go, not worrying about stuff, or not being bothered.
It's about trust.
When we were created by God, he said it was good. And even though there is sin in the world and we are no longer perfect, we are still made in His image. And everything that happens in our lives is meant to happen, and it's all part of a bigger plan. So no matter what happens, it's okay. It's all going to work out. It's all good. It really is all good.
And one of the things I've found about myself is that I'm a worrier.
Now let me define worrying.
Ew, Haley. Why all the nasty pictures?
Because this is what worrying looks like.
Worry isn't just thinking about bad things, or stressing about stuff. It's going over it in your head, and going over it, and over it, and over it... and chewing on it. Really tearing it apart in your heart.
Since adopting "It's All Good" as a quote to live by, I haven't been able to completely let go of worry, but I am able to set it down and step away from it, at least for a time. When I say it out loud, or in my head, it's my way of saying "Okay, God, This is yours, and you made all things good and new, including me, so take this and let me see the goodness in it."
Find the goodness.
Do you have a quote that you find yourself saying all the time?
Check back tomorrow for part 2!