God does not approve of His children attending lengthy pity parties.
1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, . . .
When I am having a pity party I try to remember what the Apostle Paul went through.
2 Corinthians 11:23: Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
When I am having a pity party I try to remember what the Bible says.
Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 4:17: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Psalms 119:71: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Acts 14:22: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Romans 5:3: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
When I am having a pity party I try to remember that what I deserve is Hell and this is not Hell and I will never go there. When I am having a pity party I try to remember those who are worse off that I am.