Crushing Fear – Day 4 – Self-Pity

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.

— Helen Keller —

Think about who the opening quote is attributed to…if anyone had a good reason to live in self-pity, it was Helen Keller.


The devil loves for us to feel sorry for ourselves and wallow on the “pity pot.”

Self-pity is a form of selfishness, and it is usually born from fear due to negative life circumstances we have no control over.

If we stay on the “pity-pot” long enough, depression and/or anxiety will set in. These are emotions the devil loves for us to bath ourselves in, and he will do whatever it takes to keep us immersed in them.


Many times over the past year and a half, I’ve had to pray myself away from sitting on the “pity-pot.”

Losing my dad, both in-laws, and navigating through a quite challenging pandemic often made that “pot” look very attractive.

It’s human nature to feel down and out, but we have a choice on how long we decide to remain down and out.

God is always available to give us peace, comfort, and strength during tough times.

The devil is always available to give us anxiety, depression, and pain during tough times.

Who and what we rely on during tough times makes all the difference.

In Conclusion

I have never prayed so much in my life as I have these last eighteen months.

Call it “ring around the butt” prevention because I refuse to sit on that darned old pity-pot.

How about you?

Nothing great in life happens from feeling sorry for ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”


What beliefs, thoughts, and actions cause you to struggle with self-pity?

Additional Scripture to read and reflect on:   John 5:1-9, Philippians 4:6, Proverbs 23:29-30


P.S. If you know someone who may benefit from walking with us on this Lenten journey, please forward it to them.


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