I had the privilege of singing at a funeral not long ago.
Although I wasn’t really well acquainted with the man or his family, I was fascinated by how those who knew and loved him remembered his life and character.
Over and over, he was described as an upbeat, courageous guy. Someone who always saw the positive side of things. An optimist.
As he was lying in his hospital bed near the end, whenever anyone asked how he was doing his reply was always “it’s all good.” Evidently this had always been his catchphrase – “it’s all good” – and it was his way of expressing optimism and hopefulness.
As I sang “It Is Well With My Soul,” I thought about the stories his family and friends had just shared, and the words of the song felt suddenly fresh and significant:
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say . . . it’s all good.
Is that something that I can say – in good times or bad? “It is well with my soul” or “it’s all good”…? I have to admit it; I’m a whiner when faced with frustration or difficulty. It doesn’t take much adversity for me to start complaining.
So today I’m thinking about that funeral and wondering if I can start to say “it’s all good” a little more often.
There are worse catchphrases.