I am having one of those days. You know the kind of day where you just can't stop feeling sorry for yourself? The kind of day where everything that could go wrong does? And the more "blah" that happens the more you're justified to sink lower and lower into the pit of "poor little me" and not even try to crawl out. Anybody??
I learned a secret forever ago that if I would just remember to put into practice it completely changes those types of days. I'm going to share it with you, but you may not appreciate it. I know I don't always love it because believe me it's easier to feel sorry for yourself. It's easier to call or text and complain to someone who you know will sympathize and empathize and agree that everyone and everything is wrong in this world but you.
It's possible I'm speaking from personal experience.... Possibly.
Here is the life changing secret I'll share with you. Pray and ask God to give you someone to bless. It's super simple but it's not easy. It's easy to wallow. Believe me, I know. I am wallow pro-fi-cienct.
What I'm slowly learning is that wallowing never really does me any good. It just allows me and my circumstances to stay the same. When you wallow, there is no progress.
Just so you know I'm not pulling this idea out of the sky, let's look at Job. If there ever was anyone who we could say deserved to wallow in self-pity, it was Job. You'll need to read the first two chapters of the book to really understand the story if you're not familiar, but Job lost EVERYTHING.
Possessions, livelihood, health, respect of his community, and his ten children. Unbelievable! All gone in the matter of moments.
Job had every reason to wallow in self-pity. He had every reason to complain and he does for several chapters until God intervenes. It's a pretty amazing story that I encourage you read because God speaks A LOT to Job. But it's what God does at the end I want us to look at. He tells Job to pray for his friends and God will forgive their sin. The NIV in Job 42:8 actually says so God will, "not deal with them according to their folly."
You see in my mind the story should be God commanding Job's friends to pray over Job (instead of accusing him like they did), then God's blessing would pour down on Job.
Job is the one in distress. Job is the one who lost everything. Job should be the one prayed over. Nope. That is not the way God operates.
God has Job pray over his friends. God has Job intervene on behalf of them. God has Job step into the place of intercessor and God answered on Job's behalf toward his friends.