Words Matter: Speak Words that are Beacons of Inspiration

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA - Co-Director
Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

Too blessed to be stressed…

A stranger reminded me this weekend to always count my blessings.

The stranger – a security guard who greeted me at the entrance of a grocery store that I had never been inside before – asked the simple question: “How are you today?”

I answered: “Great! How are you?”

He responded: “I’m too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”

Yes, God is!

All of the words that he spoke were familiar to me because I have heard them a number of times over the years. But his declaration caused me to pause and reflect – perhaps it was the pure exuberance that I heard in his voice. He said it like he REALLY meant it!

Shouldn’t we…

Too blessed to be stressed.
Too blessed to be stressed…

Shouldn’t we all (as Christians) be excited to share, in some way, how thankful we are for a God who is good all the time?

Shouldn’t we be thankful that God never abandons what God created?

Shouldn’t we be thankful that our loving and compassionate God never gives up on us?

Shouldn’t we be thankful that no matter what we are facing, God is always working for our good?

Shouldn’t we be thankful that God’s goodness surrounds us like a shield?

Shouldn’t we be thankful that God always has a good plan for us?

If we are thankful, shouldn’t our actions and our words boldly declare each and every day that “God is good all the time?”

Focusing on the goodness of God

When we focus on the goodness of God by counting our blessings, we can look beyond our circumstances and see that “God is good all the time.” Then we can make declarations – just like that security guard – and really mean it when we say things like:

  • “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”
  • “I’m too anointed to be disappointed.”
  • “I’m too grateful to be hateful.”
  • “I’m too glad to be sad.”
  • “I’m too cheerful to be fearful.”

Let us declare today and every day that we believe in the goodness of the Lord within every detail of our lives. Let us speak the truth with words that are lovingly honest. Let us be mindful to speak words that solidify peace and praise the loving goodness of God.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

(Refrain from Johnson Oatman, Jr.’s “Count Your Blessings”)

Posted in Associate Blog, News

37 responses to “Words Matter: Speak Words that are Beacons of Inspiration

  1. I loved your conversation with the security guard. We never know what’s in people’s hearts unless we stop and greet. Profound words. Keep it up.
    Kathleen

  2. Thanks Colette, That special greeting is a keeper. I plan to use it, too, from now on. There just too many words flying around that are not positive and even hateful these days. With a greeting or response like that from everyone what a wonderful world we would be living in!!

  3. I am writing this down now in my little carry-it-around book.

    Thank you, Colette! Hope to see you soon! I have been wanting to come in and chat, but thought to wait until your settling in phase had time to transform to … whatever comes after that – not that we ever exactly want to SETTLE in. Ok, enough. Thanks for the great encouragement today.

  4. Oops! I meant to type message! But maybe it IS a massage for the heart and spirit! LOL!

    Peace, with a chuckle,
    Pat M. OP

  5. So simple and beautiful, Colette. Thank you for the reminder of counting our daily blessings.

    Love and prayer,
    Sr. Brigid

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