Dig out of the Pity Party Pit!
Have you ever felt so frustrated that you were ready to give up? Usually after a deeply disappointing experience, we fall into the triple P (pity-party-pit). Use the following acronym "DIG OUT!" for the next time when you feel a pity party coming.
D- Do something with yourself
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
The easiest thing to do is to roll up in the fetal position and throw a blanket over your head. Instead take a walk, work out, call up a friend for coffee, clean up the house, or bake cookies. Do whatever you need to do to take your mind in a totally different direction.
I- Initiate the scriptures you’ve memorized in the past
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)
It’s the truth you know in your heart and mind that will set you free. Begin to rehearse those scriptures in your mind over and over again until you sense the peace of God taking hold of your heart. When you ruminate on God’s word in faith, your heart attitude changes from despair to hope once again.
G- Go back to God in prayer
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer” (Psalm 17:6).
When we’re in the pit, we tend to just pour out our frustrations to God. Now it’s time for you to listen. Be quiet in this prayer time listening for the sweet, still voice of the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart.
O- Order your words, actions, and thoughts in line with faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
Step outside of your situation and look at it again with eyes of faith. Recognize that nothing happens to you without God’s knowledge or presence. He has a plan for your life to turn everything (good and bad) for your best interest.
U- Understand this tactic of Satan
“For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11).
One of Satan’s best weapons against believers is the spirit of discouragement. He wants us to get our eyes off God and onto our circumstances. The root of doubt, unbelief, or fear comes from the devil to keep us unstable in our faith so we can’t be about our Father’s business.
T- Thank God at every opportunity
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
When we’re in the midst of the triple P, we neglect to see all the beautiful and miraculous surrounding us every day. Start with simple thanks…for the air, the trees, and sky. Work your way into your particular situation and find something to give thanks. Expressed appreciation to the Lord always results in lifted spirits.
Get out your shovel of faith and dig your way out of a pity party!
The New International Version, 2011. Grand Rapids, MI. Zondervan.