Tuesday, July 24, 2018

No Worries!

It only took a couple of days in Vancouver, British Columbia, to notice the difference. 

In May, our family had the opportunity to fly to Seattle and then drive back home to the Midwest. We saw some sights we had seen before (the Space Needle, Elliot Bay, and Pike Place Market), and we saw lots of places that were new. (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is the most beautiful place on the face of the planet! Does anyone have any leads on job openings for computer science professors? 😊)

Vancouver was a completely new city for us, and we were amazed at its beauty. (We were also amazed at the lack of children, but that’s another post.) We met several locals who were quite friendly and helpful.

But by the end of our second day, as we were departing the Aquabus at our stop on False Creek and we said “Thank you” to the pilot, we noticed that the Canadian response to our expression of thanks was different than what we hear in the Midwest.

“No worries.”

My American smartphone, when someone texts or messages a thanks, provides an automatic reply I can choose of “no problem.” (No proper punctuation, but that’s another post. 😊) That’s what we say in the USA.

But there’s a huge difference between no problem and no worries. I have plenty of problems. But do I have worries? I shouldn’t.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~ Matthew 6:33-34

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

We acknowledge that we shouldn’t worry, like on my beautiful new prayer journal. Worry tears us up, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It separates us from God. It doesn’t accomplish anything and can negatively affect our witness.

I will confess that I’m a worrier.

But my family has adopted the “No worries!” refrain, opting to use that phrase rather than “No problem.”

Those two words provide an instant change of mindset, and it has made a world of difference.

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  1. Just curious, do you know where in the Word that we are commanded to "pray more" and where we are told that if we do, then we will "worry less," because I know of nowhere that those words are spoken. It seems as though we have changed the command to "pray without ceasing" when we speak less than that, or not exactly that. I am concerned that once again it seems that to talk about more, and less, is to then provoke us to comparisons. To whom do I look to know if I am praying more or less, and worrying more, or less? Also the command is to "fear not," not to worry less. So what do we do? Fear not, or worry less?

    1. Debbie, you look to yourself to know if you are praying without ceasing or praying more. There is always room for growth. When I look back on my newlywed and young parenting years compared with where I am now, I know that I am praying more (and I can look to my prayer lists and journals if I need physical evidence).

      We aren't told that we will worry less. We are told not to worry in Matthew 6. Philippians 4:6 seems fairly clear that we are not to worry but to pray. The journal cover is more of a good life philosophy, not a promise or a direct quote. Every time an angel appears, the first words are "Fear not." (Depending on your version.) We are also commanded, specifically in Matthew 6:31 and again in Matthew 6:34 not to worry. We are to have a life of peace and trust in the Lord and His provision for us.


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