It can be taken in 2 ways too... that kind of 'what-evvverrrrrr' attitude that says, "I don't really care because you're answer is going to be stupid & I won't care regardless" - come on all teenager parents, you know what that sounds like!
.... or 'whatever' in the sense of "it's up to you, & I'm ok with the decision you make"
I think I've said Whatever in both ways...
You want me to do what at my job? Do 100 things & do your job for you as well? Or I'll get in trouble... whatever... Oh yeah, said with major attitude & said with the tone of 'you are so stupid'
Where do you want to go eat at? Whatever works for me.... I'm totally ok with wherever we go. The decision you make is fine with me.
I think we've all pulled out our share of "whatever's" on both sides throughout life.
Well, we all know the verse in Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"... that was my friend Steph's FAVORITE verse...
But have you really looked at the beginning part of it? ... I know my friend Lynn has - that is her favorite part of the verse
(I love I know friend's favorite scriptures)
"I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, & I know how to have a lot. In any & all circumstances, I have learned the secret of being content - whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me."
-Philippians 4:11-13 (HCSB)
So how to you say that 'whatever' to God? With the attitude of 'this is stupid' ... or with the attitude of "Lord, I'm ok with what you decide"?
But I love one of the words before.... I HAVE LEARNED...!!!
You have to to LEARN to be content in whatever circumstances....
Learning takes time... patience... experience...
I know when I learned to knit, it took awhile before I was good at it...
I know when I learned to drive, I was nervous before I was comfortable behind the wheel
I know when I learned to run, I was struggling & thought I'd never make a half marathon
It takes time.... patience... experience
Source: weheartit.com via Brian on Pinterest
So WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES you are in today.... try & find that time to settle in it... try to be patient in it... try to learn the experiences you are taking away from it....
Maybe then we'll find the strength in Him to do all of those things...
"The difference is Christ in me.
Not me in a different set of circumstances"
Not only do I love that we quoted the same scripture, but 'whatever' and 'anything' capture the same thought! :)ReplyDelete
Such a great post, Rebecca! Let's take back "whatever" and make it a positive expression again. Love the verse and your emphasis on LEARN. None of this comes easy and none of it can be done without the Holy Spirit which is at work in us who believe!ReplyDelete
I loved the humor of this post! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete