~by Elizabeth Lapp
“'What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard...'” Genesis 21:17
Self-pity is a pitfall for anyone in a crisis. At first it feels like a cozy blanket, but it leads to depression, destructive thoughts, and chains to the past. It mars relationships, because no one wants to hear constant complaining. In the end, self pity leaves you miserable and self-focused, a luxury no one can afford. The more you indulge, the easier it becomes. It blinds you to the blessings and provisions of God right before your eyes. Many, many seemingly unfair things happen to you in life, so justifying a pity-me attitude is simple.
There are, however, steps to overcoming self pity. Recognize self-pity for what it is: sin. Confess it, and repent of it. Begin counting your blessings. Go for a walk. Do something for someone else, pray, sing, listen to uplifting music, read Psalms. Don't expect life to be a bed of roses! The Bible says in John 16:33, “...In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer...”
Slam the door on self pity!