Do not fret—it only causes harm.
Motivational writer Dale Carnegie asked Captain Eddie Rickenbacker what was the biggest lesson he learned from 21 days in a lifeboat, hopelessly adrift in the Pacific. Rickenbacker said, “The biggest lesson I learned from the experience was that if you have all the fresh water you want to drink and all the food you want to eat, you ought never to complain about anything.”1
Recommended Reading: Psalm 37:1-8
The Bible says something similar: “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:8).
We so easily fret about a thousand things every day, tying ourselves into knots of worry. But we have a heavenly Father who knows our needs, and Psalm 37 says, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart… Trust also in Him… Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…. Do not fret—it only causes harm.”
This year, resolve by God’s grace to worry less, trust Him more, and live with joy and thankfulness for all He gives us.
The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Genesis 24 – 28
1 Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1948), 116.