by Rick Ferguson


Genesis 371:28-36, 45:25-46:7

Have you ever felt sorry for yourself? I mean,
have you ever gotten down in the dumps--way down in
the dumps--and begun to moan and groan, saying "Woe is

Do you remember the little rhyme we used to
chant when we were children?

"Nobody likes me.
Everybody hates me.
I think I'll eat some worms!"

Unfortunately that misanthropic mind set has a
way of taking a death grip on our minds. If we allow
ourselves to do so, most any of us can find plenty of
reasons to feel sorry for ourselves. If we allow our
minds to run unrestrained they will almost always, by
nature, think negative thoughts. Without self-
discipline of our thought life, most of us have a
natural tendency to become sullen, sanguine cynics. ,

Self-pity is a bottomless well;. and once a
person allows himself to begin plunging into self-pity
he is on a free fall into a deep, dark, dismal, dank
chasm from which there seems to be no escape. It
doesn't take much unrestrained self-pity to turn any
of us into a bitter pessimistic, angry, hateful,
unhappy person.

I want to challenge you today to never, ever,
ever allow self-pity to rob you of your joy in the_
Lord Jesus Christ. I want you to know how to escape
the snare of self-pity.

Copyright c 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
All rights reserved. No portion of this
document may be used in any form without
the written permission of the author. Bible
quotations are from the New International
Version unless otherwise indicated.

Pg. 2

If there was ever a man who wallowed in self-
pity it was Jacob, Joseph's aging father. He loved
Joseph as much as a father could possibly love a son--
so much so that his other sons were bitterly jealous
of the favoritism Jacob showed the special son of his
favorite wife.

One day those spiteful brothers were driven by
their selfish envy to sell young Joseph off as a
slave. That was the beginning of a 25-year ...

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