A couple of years ago I was blessed to meet a twitter friend @GailHyatt IRL (in real life). She came bearing gifts.
One of the gifts, a book titled “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young has continued to minister to me because it is book of daily devotions.
“Be on guard against the pit of self-pity. When you are weary or unwell, this demonic trap is the greatest danger you face. Don’t even go near the edge of the pit. Its edges crumble easily, and before you know it you are on the way down. It is ever so much harder to get out of the pit than to keep a safe distance from it. That is why I tell you to be on guard.
There are several ways to protect yourself from self-pity. When you are occupied with praising and thanking Me, it is impossible to feel sorry for yourself. Also, the closer you live to Me, the more distance there is between you and the pit. Live in the Light of My Presence by fixing your eyes on Me. Then you will be able to run with endurance the race that is set before you, without stumbling or falling.”
Wow, powerful truth here. It is especially easy to get all to close to the edge of the pit of self pity when you are dealing with chronic illness. Who would want to add being trapped in a nasty pit with crumbling walls on top of being weary or unwell? Not this Granny! And I hope not you!
Immediately after reading today’s devotion I prayed and thanked God for this warning and ask Him just what I should do to move myself even further from the edge. In His faithfulness He brought to my mind many who were lonely and hurting today. I prayed for them then made telephone calls to a couple of those that He brought to my mind.
What do you do to keep from nearing the crumbling walls of the pit of self pity?