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Fretting Subtracts, It Never Adds

We think you will agree that in these present days we have much to cause us worry and fear. Just last weekend in the early hours of June 12, a gunman entered an Orlando nightclub and killed 49 people, injuring countless others. A few days later, also in Florida, a 2-year old boy was dragged into a lagoon near Walt Disney World and was found dead hours later. Hardly a day goes by where we do not learn of another terrorist attack somewhere in the world.

Maybe you, or someone you know, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. As y.ou were ready to leave work for the day your boss called you into her office and told you that your hours were being reduced due to the company’s declining sales, and you wonder how you will be able to pay all your bills. Your son seems to sit on the bench while the coach’s son gets to play all the innings, even though “everyone knows your kid is the best player on the team.”

This world is full of injustice and evil perpetrated on innocent people, life is not always fair, and bad things to happen to good people while bad people sometimes don’t get what they seemingly deserve. Let’s be honest, we often think that we are getting a worse life than we deserve while others get better ones. Throw in the fear factor, and we spend our days worrying a fretting, often times needlessly. We are in no way diminishing any struggles you might be facing, whether they be big or small, or those times when you have legitimate fears and concerns.

In Psalm 37:1-6 we read – Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Fretting is a common activity for many people. The dictionary defines it as being constantly worried or anxious. It is gradual wearing down of our bodies, mind, and soul while accomplishing nothing.

So today, while the world around you might be spinning, sometimes out of control, trust in the Lord and commit your ways to Him. We will close with these words from Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

6/17/2016

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