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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 19, 2015

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THURSDAY, February 19

Psalm 37:1, 7 Do not fret yourself….Be still before the LORD.

Three times, the psalmist repeats, “Do not fret yourself.” Some of us need to hear that advice more than once. I confess: at times, I am a fretter.

Recently I fretted over someone else’s failure to prepare a presentation well. I fret over a single negative course evaluation from a student. I fret over unsolicited advice about how I should use my time. I fret over petty politics that surface in committee meetings.

Oh, I rationalize my fretting as being thoughtful or productive, but in truth I know it is neither. Fretting eats up time, wears down stamina, judges other people, and ultimately helps no one, including myself.

The psalmist advises, “Do not fret yourself….Be still before the Lord.” Being still is a spiritual alternative to fretting. Being still can change our priorities. If we slow down, breathe deeply, and move mentally from being busy to being still, our perspective tends to shift. It’s not all about me or about what annoys me, after all. God is in the center, and I can put aside the burden of fretting over trivialities and enjoy being still before the Lord. Freedom from fretting—another of God’s gifts to us.

PRAY for the Diocese of Maridi (Sudan)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34

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