Purposefully Living

Motivational Message

Issue 15
Week of January 20-24, 2003


Come to Yourself
By Audrina Jones Bunton

The bible illustrates a story about a man who had two sons. The younger son told his father that he wanted his share of his father's estate now, instead of waiting until his father died. So his father granted his request and divided his wealth between his sons. In a matter of days, the young son packed his belongings, and left home for a distant country. There, he wasted all of his money on reckless living. After he had spent everything he had, a severe famine spread over the whole country, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. He found himself at such a low point in his life, and became so hungry that even the pods he fed the pigs, looked good to him. Nevertheless, no one gave him anything.  He drowned in self-pity for sometime. 

However, when he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, “At home even my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!”  He made the decision to stop drowning in self-pity and to do something about his situation. Why, because he came to himself and realized WHO he really was.  He returned home to ask his father for forgiveness and upon his return, his father received him with opened arms, and a grand feast. 

Like the prodigal son, you may find yourself drowning in self-pity.  You may find yourself at such a low point in your life that doing something immorally wrong seems enticing.  Like the prodigal son, you may find yourself in what seems like the ultimate mess.  You may feel as though you are constantly being defeated.  But realize that no amount of complaining or self-pity will bring relief. 

Do not carry defeat -- trample defeat.  Do not sink in self-pity -- arise to the occasion.  Self-pity is an endless pit, and like the pigs, you will always find someone willing to remain in the mess with you.  You will also find that others are unwilling to help you get out of the mess.  No one will or can save you from yourself -- only you can. 

So without compromise -- come to yourself and realize WHO you really are.  Realize that you deserve the best because you are the best.  Take heart and just simply -- come to yourself – and allow God to pick you up from the ruins of your broken life. 

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Think About It!!

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. -- Maya Angelou

Most of us can, if we choose, make this world either a prison or a palace. -- Lord Avebury

Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best. -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
Greg Anderson


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