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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)

TITLE: Poor Me
By Karri Compton
10/27/04

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If you know me, you know that I often throw pity parties for myself. Loads of them. No one else is invited, and they are really quite boring. I keep throwing them anyway. Poor me, I think to myself. Iím so tired. Iím so depressed. Iím so worried. My kids are driving me crazy. Thereís no money for this. Did I gain that much weight? If onlyÖ

Then, of course, I must get myself out of the pit I have dug. An obvious choice is to think about all those less fortunate than me. The starving children in Africa. My friendís daughter with the brain tumor. The orphans and widows. This makes me feel slightly better, but have I really remedied my problem?

As I think further, I have to acknowledge the only true source for my cure. It is the first place I should have gone. Godís Word has the only treatment for my troubled soul. My real problem is that I have set aside the grace of God (Galatians 2:21). I have forgotten His benefits (Psalm 103:2). My focus has not been on the eternal, but the temporal (Colossians 3:1).

When I realize the solution to my dilemma is remembering Godís promises to me, I fall on my knees in repentance. As I claim the forgiveness and cleansing that is mine through confession, the reality of my spiritual blessings in Christ grows clear. God works all things together for my good because I love Him. I am loved with an everlasting love, and no one can snatch me out of my Saviorís hand. The Lord restores my soul, renews my strength, comforts my heart, protects my mind, guides my steps, and prepares a place for me in heaven. Now THESE are things that bring true joy!

Pity parties have been cancelled until further notice. Thank God I can do all things through Christ. This includes silencing the voice which begs to cry out, ďPoor meĒ.


Member Comments
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Melanie Kerr 11/01/04
I was very encouraged by your writing. I wiol follow your example and cncle my pity parties as i rmember all that God has done for me.
Verlie Ruhl11/01/04
Great message, Karri. Thanks! In my devotional reading, one author stressed putting a filter in your mind to not allow those thoughts of self pity to surface. Great advice--but old habits die hard!
Joanne Malley11/02/04
Karri,
A wonderful article with a terrific message. You managed to say much in a tight, but meaty article.
Joanne
Mitzi Busby11/02/04
Karri, we are all guilty of trowing pitty parties at times. I like your perspective.
darlene hight11/02/04
Great writing! very engaging.
Debbie OConnor11/05/04
Good article. I liked what you said about the real remedy. You have an enjoyable writing style.