No matter – Crosswalk the Devotional

No matter – Crosswalk the Devotional

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"Whatever": At the same time the worst and best word we have
by Shawn McEvoy

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever has a good reputation … stick to these things (Philippians 4: 8 ).

On the one hand, it's always good to get scientific confirmation of something you believe or suspect.

On the other hand, it is never fun if you have wanted to write about the same belief or suspicion for over a year and someone goes out and steals your thunder.

But that's ok – this Fox News report A Marist College poll on the most annoying words in American conversation just gives me an excuse to go into it now.

The article says

47 percent of Americans surveyed in a Marist College poll released Wednesday found "whatever" the most annoying word we use).

"Whatever is" easy to beat ", which particularly impressed a quarter of the respondents. The other annoying competitors were" anyway "(with 7 percent)," it is what it is "(11 percent) and" at the end of the day "(2 percent).

"Whatever" – pronounced "WHAT & # 39; -ehv-errr" when it is upset – is an expression with persistence. In 1991 immortalized in a song by Nirvana ("well, whatever, it doesn't matter"), popularized by the Valley Girls in "Unsuspecting"Later in the decade, it is still widely used, often by younger people.

It can be a general-purpose argument ender or a signal of apathy. And it can be really annoying. The survey found that "whatever" was consistently rejected by Americans regardless of race, gender, age, income, or location.

I've felt like this for years. When someone uses "whatever" for me in a conversation or email, it is a step into the groin of unimportant importance. Not only is it annoying, it's also rude and unwelcoming. It is also ignorant, especially if it is held at the end of an allegedly friendly debate or argument because it shows that the person had no better response and now concludes the conversation with a farewell shot that says nothing you just said is important anyway. "Anyway!"

In a country where there is a polite lack of courtesy, manners and conversation skills … and which is full of apathy and self-meaning, "whatever" is the motto du jour.

On the other hand … what a powerful word it can be for our way with Christ.

It's like reading a piece of music or preparing to play in it. You have the script in front of you. There is minimal evidence of how a word should be read in the text. What bend, what voice, what tone should I use? What do the context, environment, and personality of the character tell me about how that word or line will sound? Ultimately, you and the director decide.

And I have decided that "whatever" can be the defining word of Christian life if we wish. Because while few other words have the same potential for dismissive rudeness, no other word has the same potential for total devotion and unshakable faith. As my mother-in-law likes to say, for her, spiritual maturity turns away from a "what-if?" Believe in a "whatever" belief.

I find you guilty in your sins.
Whatever you say, Lord, I regret and accept the sacrifice of your son who has atoned for her.

This situation you are in will hurt.
Whatever. I know that my faith is strengthened by trials and that I can do everything by your strength.

You don't know what the future holds; just me.
Whatever it is, you deserve fame and honor and praise. Bring it on!

I want you to go to Africa / give this homeless person / quit this job / found this church / preach my word)

I know you think this is unfair compared to this person's situation, but don't let my comparison steal my joy from you.
Whatever, God. Whatever.

The apostle Paul was the master of "whatever". Namely:

Phil. 4:11: I have learned to be content under all circumstances.

1 cor. 10:31 am: Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

Gal. 6: 7: Whatever a man sows, he will reap.

Eph. 6: 8: Whatever good is done, he will get it back from the Lord, whether slave or free.

Phil. 4: 8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever has a good reputation if it is gives an excellent performance and if something is commendable, stick to these things.

What ever!

Shawn McEvoy is the Director of Editorial for Salem Web Network and co-moderator of Video Movie Reviews from &

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