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Psalm 37:8-9 Do not fret…it leads only to evil.
Within the first eight verses of Psalm 37, the writer twice implores the reader “do not fret.” I first read this plea through the lens of asking my grandmother to stop worrying about the cat. But then I looked at these verses through the lens of the other definition: fret as a gradual wearing down or away.
“Do not fret—it leads only to evil,” the psalmist warns. What if the worrying and obsessing that I do over the things I cannot control is the very thing that most wears me down and gnaws at my peace? I know that when I am worn out, I am left with very little margin to be kind, generous, or patient. When I am rubbed raw, mistakes happen, feelings are hurt, and bridges are battered. Instead of fretting, I can practice, as the psalmist encourages, trusting and taking delight in the Lord.
MOVING FORWARD: How can you approach fretting in a new way?