Many people today are infected with a malady known as the frets. What, you ask, are the frets? The frets is a malady that causes those infected to stay in constant state of worry and filled with complaints. There are several things that can cause one to become infected with the frets.
The prosperity of the wicked can cause the frets. Many times people, Christians included, look at the world and see that wicked people prosper often at the expense of good people and become infected with the frets. This prosperity not only includes financial prosperity but can also include an increase in power, breaking the law with what seems to be few or no consequences and constantly causing injustice to abound. Many will see the prosperity and the ease in which the wicked live and be infected with the frets as they become angry that they are allowed to get away with their wrongdoings. They become infected with the frets when they begin to worry about what will happen as this wicked person prospers in power and may even lament that if the foundations are destroyed what will the righteous do? At times the prosperity of the wicked causes the person to become infected with the frets as they become envious of the prosperity. They may begin to wonder what good it does them to play by the rules or follow God when they are not prospering as those who break the rules and ignore God.
The cares of life can cause the frets. Life on this earth is indeed filled with many cares. There is much that needs to be done, much we want to do, much that is out of our control. How will we pay the bills? What will happen to my child? Will my wayward loved one ever come home? Is this sickness I’m feeling merely a cold or is it something worse? How can I possibly do what I’m expected to do? There are many cares in this life and they can all infect us with a bad case of the frets.
Concern over the opinions of others can cause the frets. Many people care so much about the opinions of others that the opinions of others will give them a case of the frets. What will they think about this decision I’m making? What will they think about this decision I’m making for my family? What will they think when I don’t do the same sorts of things that they do? Those who are overly concerned about the opinions of others always develop a case of the frets.
While there could be other things that can cause us to become infected with the frets, these are probably the most common and they cover an awful lot of ground. While we know what can cause the frets, how can we know if we are infected? Like most maladies there are certain symptoms associated with the frets. Let me list a few so you can see if you are infected with the frets.
Envy is a symptom of the frets. Those who are infected with the frets are often jealous of others and what they have, and the ease in which they seem to be living their lives.
Loss of appetite is a symptom of the frets. Those who are infected with the frets generally seem to lose their appetite, not for food but for the things of God. Very often those who are infected by the frets feel that God has let them down in one way or another. God hasn’t provided for them in the way that they wanted. God hasn’t answered their prayers as they see fit. God hasn’t eased their burden, or any number of other things. Once a person infected with the frets begins to blame God, their appetite for the things of God begins to diminish.
A high temperature is a symptom of the frets. Those who are infected with the frets will frequently have a high temperature. It’s not that they have a fever in the usual sense, but that they have short fuse. Those who are infected with the frets will blow up and go off at the slightest provocation. It is very easy for a person infected with the frets to get angry and very difficult for them to turn from that anger.
A consuming thirst is a symptom of the frets. Those who are infected with the frets have a consuming thirst…for things they do not have. When one is infected with the frets there is an intense desire for any number of things that they do not currently possess. It could be a consuming desire for a promotion, a raise, a new toy, car, a relationship or some other thing. For those infected with the frets this thirst is almost unbearable and must be quenched.
Impaired vision is a symptom of the frets. Those who are infected with the frets have impaired vision and cannot see beyond the here and the now. All that their eyes can see is what they are missing out on, what they are going through or what they are afraid of. Very little beyond these things is visible to the person infected with the frets.
Loss of memory is a symptom of the frets. Those who are infected with the frets very frequently forget the many things that God has done for them up to this point in their lives. This symptom is closely related to the loss of vision. Since they can only see what is going right now there is a loss of memory about what has gone on before. This is one of the reasons they lose their appetite for the things of God. Their thoughts of God are largely wrapped up in the things He is not doing for them right now instead of the many things He has already done for them in their lives.
So, are you infected with the frets? If so, how can the frets be cured? I’ll write about that tomorrow.