Thursday, July 08, 2010

how to get over yourself...

... read a list of prayer petitions and realize your problems are insignificant compared to others. Then pray for those people and ask God to forgive your self centerdness.

14 comments:

Heather said...

Amen Kat.

Just found out my Great Aunt has been given 1-2 days and that my Mother-in-law has 6 months to live due to cancer.

Cherish every moment.

Christopher said...

That is really great idea. It may me think of how many people have asked for my prayers and I've agreed to pray for their needs, but if I'm honest, I know that I don't always do it. Shame on me.

Just another mad Catholic said...

I don't see the point of praying anymore or getting anyone else to pray for me, it seems as if God never answers them. WHAT MUST I DO LORD in order to get my prayers answered? Must I beat myself with the rod until rivers of blood run down my back? Must I fast until I can barely walk? Must I burn my own flesh? WHAT MUST I DO TO EARN YOUR LOVE?

Christopher Lake said...

Just another mad Catholic,

You can't earn God's love. It's already yours. He showed His infinite love for you, for all time, on the cross.

--from an all-too-often mad Catholic as well

Christopher Lake said...

Heather,

I'm praying for you, your great-aunt, and your mother-in-law. May God's peace be with you.

Christopher Lake said...

Kat,

I see your point here, and I really do agree with the spirit of it. My only thought to add would be that many of us do have quite serious, daily problems, possibly as much so as those of people on the list (I read some of them and will pray). I need the exhortation to get my mind off of myself. Thank you for that, seriously.

With that said, if I shared here what I face, each day, as a physically disabled, unable to drive, single, unemployed 37-year-old man-- I'll be merciful and not share, because those aren't even the hardest things that I've had to face in my life. We should definitely think more of, and about, others, than we do of ourselves. We should pray for them. Thank you, again, for the much-needed reminder that other peoples' problems are as real as, and often a good bit worse than, mine.

Christopher Lake said...

Yowza, my apologies! That last comment reads *much* more forcefully than what I meant. Again, I do appreciate and accept the needed admonition. As I wrote earlier, faithful are the wounds of a friend (on Facebook). :-) Perhaps I should have ended the comment after the second sentence, since I wrote that that was my only thought to add...

Rick said...

Good point. It's like - I complained that I had no shoes until I met someone who had no feet.

The Retail Girl said...

I think I have said it before, but thank you for the blessed insight and God Bless you. I especially needed that right now.

3puddytats said...

I'm part of an on-line prayer group...

When I try to pull the pity-party on myself--especially aften an extremely trying day at the office--I go home and pull up the "prayer requests" on my email--some of them are really selfish and self-centered, others are for heart-breaking situations, and others are thanksgiving for making it through another day.

It is such a joy to pray for these folks :)

Sara

shadowlands said...

Personally, I find I appreciate the type of advice given in this post, much more readily, when it is being shared from the giver's personal experience. This was way too much like a self righteous finger poking me in the eye.

So, from MY own personal experience, I do find that focusing and praying for other people's problems does indeed, take my mind off my own.
But only for a time. They keep coming back. Opening up about feeling crap is OK for me. It might save my life one day and if I share that with others, it might just save theirs too. I am allowed to ask for help and so is everyone else. I refuse to deny myself that right and I won't feel guilty for needing to, not anymore. God gave it to me.

Christopher Lake said...

Shadowlands,

I don't presume to know Katrina's thoughts in posting this, but I sense that she is sharing it from her personal experience. I can't imagine that it was actually meant to make light of anyone's problems.

shadowlands said...

Christopher,

I don't presume to know the author's heart either, but assume it is good. The post just seemed a bit too one sided and I thought, to someone in genuine need of help, the words might have sent them back into their shell, rather than seeking help.Sorry for sounding too harsh.

The Crescat said...

perhaps the post should have been titled "how *I* get over myself"

Geesh people.