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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)
TITLE: Poor Me
By Karri Compton
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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.