“Crying out to God is one thing. A very good thing too.
But self-pity is not that. Self-pity is crying out in the echo chamber of my own little world. It’s issuing a lament just to take pleasure in hearing the lament over and over.”
“Boasting is the response of pride to success. Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering.
Boasting says, “I deserve admiration because I have achieved so much.” Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have suffered so much.”
Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.
Boasting sounds self-sufficient. Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing. The reason self-pity does not look like pride is that it appears to be so needy. But the need arises from a wounded ego. It doesn’t come from a sense of unworthiness, but from a sense of unrecognized worthiness. It is the response of unapplauded pride.”
Kevin Deyoung & John Piper on the “Passive-Aggressive Pride of Self Pity” (HT: Justin Taylor)
Humble me Lord. Teach me how to live and lead for you and for you alone.
Oh, how I’m guilty of this. Lord, it’s not about me. Humble me please.
Today at the clinic I had a patient who spent over 20 years of his life heavily addicted to methamphetamine. Now 6 years clean and counting, he explained that his joy, his life, his ‘high’ was no longer found in drugs, but in Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is working in real people, in real lives. Jesus, you are so real. Please forgive me for always forgetting.