There’s like a bazillion sins that I don’t even realize I do and I pray that God shows them to me so that I can grow closer with him. Now, I know that God is showing them to me slowly, because if he didn’t I would totally hate myself for being such a terrible daughter.
The most recent sin He’s shown me is Self-Pity.
God just revealed to me the pit of self pity. That trap that we fall into and it’s easy to do, I do it all the time. (I’m the worst, I’m always pitying myself… here I go againnnnnnn <—me falling into the pit of self pity.)
This is such a sneaky sin. We don’t even realize that we’re falling into the pit, until we’re rock bottom in it. And it’s hard to get out, once you’ve sunk low enough. But what’s so bad about the self-PITy? Well, when we are in the pit, all we can think about are the situations that brought us down there, right? A recent illness, financial troubles, the end of a relationship, etc. When these temporary situations control our attitude, God’s not even an after thought. These thoughts control everything, the walk we walk, the way we perform at our jobs, and so on. (Think of the self-fulfilling prophecy!) We start to edge God out of our lives, because we become so overwhelmed by how much we suck.
We need to protect ourselves from ever going close to the edge of it.
How can we protect ourselves from the self-PITy?
By keeping our eyes on God. (What does that even mean?!?!) It means…
“pray continually” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Don’t stop talking and thanking the Lord for what He has done. And for what He’s doing. There are things He’s doing in the background that you don’t even know about, I promise!! Ask Him to reveal some of that with you, if you don’t believe me.
“Cast all your anxieties to him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Let go! Give everything to Him, I promise He’s taking care of you! Did you ever think that maybe your situation is happening to draw you closer to Him? NOOO! That’s probably exactly what’s happening. My closest moments to God were when I was in traumatic situations and had no one else to rely on.
Lastly, I want to leave you with a promise to hold onto. Memorize this! Write it on your heart and stand firm in knowing that….
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I can say all of this because I know that God is making my paths straight. I know this, because I thank Him along the way. (Yes, even in the bad times, you brats.)