Weekly Devotional

The Secret to Overcome Self Pity

What do you have that you did not receive?

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Pslam 121:1-2

It’s not good to share secrets. But sometimes, it’s fun to create them like when my 5-year-old granddaughter and I had a secret.

Give me a G

In the midst of playing or eating a meal, and without any prompting, I’d turn to her and say, “Honey, give me a G.”

She knew that secret code. She stopped what she was doing, and thought, trying to find something for which she was grateful (the ‘G’ stands for grateful).

Her young mind swirled around to find something good, something pleasant, something fun, or even mundane, but worth appreciating.

Learning the secret of gratitude at the age of five will keep her out of the "poor me" club.

How about you?

Maybe this is a not-so-good day for you today and that’s why God is trying to get your attention and asking you to give Him a ‘G’. That’s the real secret—in the midst of the garbage of life, look, really look for the gem of gratitude.

When I first lost my sight, I found hope when I dug up that gem in the pile of discouragement. That has been my secret from then on. Always looking for that something for which to say “Thank you, God.” Always search for what sparks gratitude. Always dig deep for that something to appreciate and value.

And when everything falls apart, when life can’t get any darker, when issues become too huge to solve, gratitude shines when our soul repeats: “Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

Let’s Pray

Father, confessing the sadness that clouded my days, finding something to be grateful for had been elusive and futile. But knowing my help comes from You, my hope is in You, and my healing and answers are in Your hands, gratitude will always fill my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Can you list ten things you’re grateful for?


Used with permission by Global Media Outreach from Janet Perez Eckles. In spite of her physical blindness, Janet Perez Eckles serves the Lord as an international speaker and author. She imparts inspiration at www.janetperezeckles.com.

Pray this week:

Father in heaven, when I am struggling, please open my eyes to the many blessings You have poured upon my life.

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