Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Little Pity Party

I asked Becca from Humble Bumble to guest post here at Singledou[b]t after I read a post on her blog about a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately.  She's here today talking about Pity Parties.  I'm excited to have her here! 

Pity parties are so natural for us humans. It’s so natural for us to only think of ourselves. To forget about others. To forget about the blessings we have. It’s easy to see the cup as half empty. Why? Because we’re focused on what we don’t have rather than the blessings we do have.

But just because it is natural for us to have our little pity parties, that is no excuse for us to continue in them. For us who know Jesus, we have God’s power in us. His power is there to help us refuse our fleshly desires, including pitying ourselves.
God doesn’t desire us to live for ourselves. He doesn’t desire us to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. He doesn’t desire for us to live in sadness over the things we don’t have.
God desires us to live abundant lives. (“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jn. 10:10)

He desires us to help others, putting them above ourselves. (“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Phil. 2:3-4)

He desires us to remember our blessings. (“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matt. 6:27-29)

I have never read a verse in the Bible that excuses our pity parties. I have never seen anything that endorses them. The Bible clearly indicates our lives are to be lived for His glory. There’s no room left for pitying ourselves in such living.
And I highly doubt we will desire a pity party when we take the focus off ourselves and focus on living for Him.

Thanks, Becca for agreeing to guest post!  Thanks for putting into words so eloquently what I have been processing for a while!

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  1. Thanks for this, I needed it today. Earlier this week I had all these items in my online shopping cart that I was sure that I needed to update my kitchen and home. After thinking it for a while, I realized that by purchasing these items, it would take away from being able to do other things that I wanted more. I need to remember all the things that I DO have and not compare to my neighbor's kitchen upgrades.



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