Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Pity Party

  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
   and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
   may the name of the LORD be praised.”~ Job 1:21

We've all had days where we felt the world was caving in.  The car broke down, the boss had a meltdown, we got the pink slip after years of faithful service, or the doctor gave us some bad news about our health.  It's so easy to go into self-pity mode.  We're inclined to send out invitations to everyone we know for our very own pity party.  For some of us, one party isn't enough.  We don't want the party to end.  Every day, it's "woe is me, I'm so miserable.  Look at all the lemons in my life."

When we get so wrapped up in ourselves, we fail to recognize what's going in the lives of others.  I've met some people who resemble the character, Job, in the Old Testament, the one who lost everything.  Job deserved a pity party.  He had a great life, then lost everything.  In his deepest misery, he never stopped praising God.  Job is my hero, a great example for all of us.

Take a good look around at the champion lemonade makers, the ones who notice the people suffering from the same problems.  These people made a decision to stop crying and start doing.  They turned lemons into lemonade, set up a lemonade stand and gave away their lemonade for free.  The pity party people were so self-absorbed they drove right by the lemonade stand and missed out on a refreshing drink and great company.

If you've got a few lemons in your life you'd like to unload, why not set up a lemonade stand?  Stop wallowing and start swallowing.  The world doesn't need an invitation to your pity party, they'd rather visit your lemonade stand.  Click here if you're ready to offer some lemonade.

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