"Give me a bit of wisdom, something to think about."
Don Responded with this:
“I recall a line from a writer who as a child of ten had discovered the murdered body of his mother. Asked in later years about how he has coped with this, he said, as if to distill his wisdom: "The abandonment of self-pity is the beginning of wisdom."
Self-Pity is a pit into which most of us fall on occasion. It’s a deep pit, and often we really need help to escape. Some use the phrase “wallowing in a sea of self-pity.”
I was and am deeply moved by Don’s statement to the barrister, “The abandonment of self-pity is the beginning of wisdom.”
The false causes of self-pity seem to number with the stars. The oldest one is used by Cain who pitied himself because God would not change His plan to suit him and so he killed his own brother. Self-pity is not usually an isolated problem with the person wallowing in it, but is a wide, spreading circle of destruction. Ahithophel, the grandfather of Bathsheba, hated David so much that he joined with the rebels to kill David and when that failed he took his own life. His self-pity destroyed him, as it did Cain. The list is long in biblical history as well as secular.
If ever a man had a case for self-pity it was Job, yet Job suffered the loss of lifelong achievement and accumulation as well as heart rending personal loss of family members. Yet there is no mention of Job taking his eye off God, and wallowing in a regimen of feeling sorry for himself.
When life hands you loss in whatever from, understand the Lord has His purposes and they are ultimately good. So, follow the lead of Job in his long reply to Bildad and repeat, out loud;
Job 19:25” But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, He will stand upon the earth. 26, After my skin is destroyed, then in my flesh shall I see God,”
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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