Fretters Anonymous

Hi, my name is Sherrey, and I am and have been a fretter.  Fretting, worrying, obsessing — I’ve participated in all these activities to an Olympic height.

No gold medals however.  And there shouldn’t be.

Spending time fretting is a waste of precious time.

In the words of my wise husband and best friend, “Honey, why are you worrying about what hasn’t happened yet?  And think about it — it may never happen!”

Obsessing over things isn’t healthy.

And spending your energy one fretting, worrying or obsessing will only drag you down, as well as those around you.

So, why do we do these things?

Simple answer to multiple questions:  We’ve lost our focus on the One who takes care of all things for all people in all situations.

Remember the story of Mary and Martha?

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way,
he came to a village where a woman named Martha
opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary,
who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that
had to be made. She came to him and asked,
“Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do
the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried
and upset about many things, but few things are needed—
or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)

I am a Martha.  I want to be a Mary.  I have fought the battle all my life.  I am making progress, I hope.

I want to choose “what is better.”  I want to sit as His feet.

It’s when I’m not sitting at His feet that I lose my focus on what’s important.

Then the other things creep in slowly — fretting about this, worrying about that, obsessing over getting it all done.

To be a Mary, I must keep my focus on Jesus every minute of every day of every week . . . and on and on ad infinitum.  Forever and forever.

What about you?  Do you need to come alongside and practice with me?  Practice letting go and letting Him?

Christ in the House of Mary and Martha (Johann Friedrich Overbeck – 1815) (Credit)