Week of January 20-24, 2003
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
fathers 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.
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.
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
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.
Copyright © 2003 by Audrina Jones
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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
Most of us can, if we choose, make
this world either a prison or a palace. -- Lord
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
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