By Warren Nunn
Fret not.. what does that mean to you?
By looking at the meaning of the word, you get the idea that when you fret, you allow something to worry you.
Other descriptions suggest annoyance and discontent.
You could allow some situation or some person to irritate, annoy, or vex you.
In short, fretting does have a corrosive effect on you.
I have a lifelong tendency to fret over things; to allow stuff to impact me when I could choose to let it go and not allow the negativity into my thinking.
The opening verses of Psalm 37 give me a completely different approach to consider:
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
I have fretted over the impact that whom I consider to be evildoers have had on the world.
I choose not to fret
But I’m not responsible for the wrongs that others do that may impact me. I can choose to allow that to vex me, or not.
I choose, rather, to take the advice of the psalmist and fret not.
He tells me that they will not prosper and will soon wither away.
The far more positive and uplifting option is to trust in the Lord.
I can live in this land … or any land for that matter … and trust in Him and His promises to those who choose to embrace such assurances.
I choose to put Him first in my life.
This has not been an easy journey for someone who for so long has fretted over so many things.
Peace instead of fretting
However, since determining to fret not, there has been more peace and contentment in my life.
And the desires of my heart have changed from wanting what I think is best for me to wanting what is good for those whom I can impact.
So, fret not; it will change your outlook on life.