Thinking about fret reminds me of the various levels of frets on a guitar neck. When more stress is put on the strings the tones become a higher pitch. The frets nearest to the tuning cranks have a more relaxed tone, whereas the frets nearest to the strumming board has a more stressed pitch. When people become distressed their voices become higher pitched. We need to live our life nearest to the tuning cranks and less from the strumming board. The tuning cranks represent tuning ourselves by inward spiritual resources, while the strumming board represents the external noise that cause anxiety and worry. As the noise of the strumming board sounds, it is our life next to the tuning cranks that enables beautiful music.
Fretting over health and other physical issues disturbs our comfort and complicates the healing process. Perseverance, self-control, and patience enables us to live one moment at a time. Anxiety over possible dangers multiplies insecurities and contributes to the danger. “Remain calm and walk towards the exits,” is a phrase we are familiar with. Peace, meekness, and gentleness are life savers. Social stress, wear, and tear leads to hate and bad intentions, but through compassion we calm the storms of social anxieties. Worrying about whether we are good enough leads to very hard let downs, but confidence in the Creator who accepts us as we are puts us nearer to the tuning cranks. Removing our identity from external role models relieves the fret of living up to what others have already become. An identity rooted internally by spiritual fruit adds to our optimism through faith, joy, and goodness.
Obviously, fretting adds nothing to our life. Christ came to teach us to tune our life in a way that makes beautiful music of the external strumming of noise. Through Christ in us, we are able to remain in tune with the Creator that gives the growth of the spiritual fruit.