One morning not too terribly long ago, I woke up feeling sorry for myself. I was sitting out by the fireplace having a pity party. Why? I had been thinking about all of the people I know who have really hard problems and challenges. Naturally, I want to make everything all better, and naturally, I can't. I know people who have custody battles, addictions, marriage troubles, and health problems. I know people who are lonely, and angry, and bitter. As I sat on the fireplace, I thought that maybe, since I can't make everything all better, it would be nice if I was blissfully unaware of anyone's struggles.
Just as quickly as I thought, "It might be nice to be blissfully unaware", the thought came, "Don't you want to be like Jesus?" Well, I do. I do want to be like Jesus. If He had come, and been "blissfully unaware" of the challenges of people around Him, and of the challenges I would have, He would not have been able to help any of us. While it is true that I cannot make everything all better, I might be able to make something a little better. Heavenly Father and Jesus can make things better for sure, so, if I know about someone's challenges, I can at least pray for them. Prayer does work. It will help. If I know about someone's challenges, maybe I can love them better, and love helps too.
Thinking about Jesus gave me perspective, and perspective cured the pity party.
*Picture by David Bowman