|Just a short nap... please can you go away?|
Inevitably, as soon as I lay down the visitors would begin streaming to my door.
|Self-pity immobilizes us.|
- It drives us to a place that can never satisfy. Self-pity drives us away from others and toward our selves and our own comfort.
- Like a car stopped by a tree it immobilizes the service we are called to do and it robs our joy and love for others.
We desperately clamor for comfort, for healing, for relief from our ailment. The end is more exhaustion, and a hardened heart toward others. This is the reality of the pity party.
- It can be an impetus for discipline, the discipline of looking up, away from self, to the One who can and will give us the strength we need when we are absolutely empty.
- It can create in us a wonderful habit of continually entrusting our needs for rest and wholeness to the only One who can truly provide for them. He knows the sleep-deprived new mother needs a long nap. God will clear the crowds, quiet the cries, and sing over his exhausted ones (Zephaniah 3:17).
- By allowing self-pity to drive us to God instead of to self-absorption we can cultivate a new dependance, a new certainty, that He can be trusted to take care of us always, in every circumstance.
- Resisting self-pity can actually foster greater reliance upon His supernatural power, the kind of unexplainable relief that comes like a $500 dollar check in the mail on the day rent is due.
God’s discipline is there, just beyond the raging pull of self-pity, and He promises our obedience in this trial will produce in us a harvest of righteousness, the training of peace (Hebrews 12:11).
How have you resisted self-pity in your life? Your story might strengthen another today.