I’ve been filling in some of the blanks in regard to past posts.
This one has turned out to be most appropriate for me, right at this moment.
In this study, Selwyn discusses self-pity; he writes: “There is one more escape route to examine before we begin to look at some of the steps we need to take in order to face up to reality ~ self-pity. One of the worst things we can do when we are confronted by difficult or unpleasant reality is to lapse into the reality of self-pity.
… Self-pity must not be confused with self-concern, however; self-concern is a healthy thing and evaluates the best interests of the self so that it can function more effectively in the interests of others. Self-pity is an unhealthy thing, and has little regard for the interests of others – just the interests of self.”
In many Psalms, such as Psalm 90; we read about the frailty of our lives – not so much as to generate self-pity, but to recognise the frailty of life and to value what we have been given.
Psalm 90:3-6,12 (NIV): “You turn people back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust, you mortals.’ A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death – they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered. … Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Yesterday (7/2), my Doctor advised me that I’ve most likely got Prostate Cancer – and now I start the days of blood tests, CT and bone scans, and the sorts of treatments that flow from the results of these investigations. None of which I look forward to – however, I know that my Lord and God, is close by and whatever happens, His love will never fail.