The Borrowers


Did you read The Borrowers as a child? Ever blame anything on them? The Borrowers, according to Mary Norton’s book by the same name, told the story of tiny people who hid away in the homes of folks like us and were responsible for any little item that went missing (because they had simply “borrowed” it for their own use).

My mom used to talk about the Borrowers when little things were lost, adding a bit of levity to the frustration of searching for tiny things. But she also taught me about another kind of borrower when I was a child, the kind that “borrows trouble.” I can still hear her loving voice admonishing me after I expressed some childish worry, “Don’t borrow trouble, Brenda.”

  • Don’t take on trouble that isn’t yours, that hasn’t come to pass and maybe never will.
  • Deal with the troubles of this day.
  • Be prudent in your prevention of future difficulty, but
  • Leave the worrisome thoughts to wither from lack of attention.

Matthew six tells recounts Jesus teaching his followers about God’s loving care and about living in peace. He said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

We all have enough to handle today, with no need to “borrow” what may come tomorrow. That’s what my mom taught me. Now I’ve passed her lesson on to you. (And I’ll pass your comments on to her, so please share your thoughts if you are at all inclined to do so.)

Thanks, Mom!




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