by Matt Conner
Every now and then, we ask some of our favorite artists to take us behind the proverbial curtain for a closer look at the writing process and creative inspiration for their latest singles. For this latest edition of Story Behind the Song, Josh Wilson describes the source material and thought process behind “Borrow.”
Josh Wilson: Story Behind the Song ‘Borrow’
My new song, “Borrow,” is about taking life one day at a time.
It’s based on the phrase “don’t borrow trouble,” which essentially means today has enough trouble of its own, so there’s no need to borrow any from tomorrow. Jesus tells us the same thing in Matthew chapter 6, when he says, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” He reminds instead to seek first the kingdom of God.
I deal with a lot of anxiety, and I have ever since I was a kid. I’ve even had seasons of suffering from debilitating panic attacks. My anxiety often comes in waves, and some weeks are worse than others, so I never know when it will hit the hardest. What I do know is that God has been faithful to carry me through every anxious moment, every panic attack, and every difficult scenario I wasn’t sure how to handle.
I’m finding that this song resonates with many people in the recovery community, as the mantra for those who struggle with addiction is “one day at a time.” Even if we don’t struggle with addiction to a substance or negative behavior, “one day at a time” is not a bad motto for any person of faith. Jesus never promised us life would be easy. In fact, he said in this world we will have trouble. But right after that, he reminds us that he has overcome the world. So even though I still deal with anxiety, I put my trust in the One who has overcome the world, knowing that He is with me in every dark moment, through every high and every low.
So whether you deal with anxiety, doubt, addiction, depression, or any other struggle, I invite you to join me in seeking first the Kingdom of God, one day at a time.