Here it comes again. Hurt feelings. Feeling sorry for self. Imagining
things that are not even happening. Feeling that someone is thinking
something about you that they aren't. Sounds pretty stupid to someone
who has not had it happen to them but take my word for it, this
monster is not a thing you want to visit you,ever!
When this ugly "self pity monster" attacks you need to get a grip
before you open your mouth or do something you will regret later. The
word "self" is very prominent. Thinking of yourself. Do you meddle
where you should not? Perhaps your mind starts thinking things that
are not even occurring? It is easy to slump into worry, pity, and
sadness if not focused on the goodness of the Lord.
It has been said when this "monster" attacks that maybe one thing is
you have too much time on your hands. The thing to do is occupy your
thoughts somewhere else. Once again behind this monster is ugly old
Satan who wants us to worry, fret, and think things that are not true
thus getting us to say stupid things we regret and then start worrying
why we did it. So staying busy is a really good thing!! Might I
suggest prayer first and foremost as a remedy for this malady.
Next we need to get into the word of God and stay in the word of God.
Reading and meditating on God's word, The Bible, will get your mind
somewhere else. Start by praising Jesus for who he is and thanking
Him. Think of ways you can maybe help another person and then your
own little "pity monster" will have no space to sit near you and
torment you. In your prayer time, ask God to take away the need to
feel self pity. When "self" is occupying the "throne" it is more
difficult to let the Lord Jesus Christ be king.
You will be bombarded if this has been a weakness but hang in there
and keep seeking Jesus to help you get this "monster" out of your life
Phillipians 4:8(NIV) reminds us 'Finally brother, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is
lovely, whatever is admirable-if tangy thing is excellent or
praiseworthy-think about such things.' There you have, the remedy for
getting your mind off yourself.
PRAYER: Father I do not mean to ever focus on myself as I know it is a
formula for disaster. The word selfish comes from self. Help me
remember that when I start to feel the pity monster attacking me and
run to you with open arms. It is my desire to have this monster never
visit me again and with your help Lord I can and will be successful.
In Jesus' name. Amen.