Six Mindsets to Eliminate From Your Life, Part 4


Self-Pity Isn’t Worth It

Related to self-centered thinking is “feeling sorry for yourself,” better known as self-pity. When you begin thinking about how bad it is for you, you’re walking down a path to oppression, which leads to despair and, ultimately, to death. You cannot allow self-pity to go unchecked in your life.

This kind of thinking sounds like, “Look how bad it is … I can’t do anything about this … I’m hemmed in … It’s not fair … Somebody else is affecting the quality of my life….” You start feeling sorry for yourself.

The Bible says we are to give thanks in all things and rejoice in the Lord. Weaning your mind of self-pity is how you grow up spiritually. It is coming to a place of trusting God so He can meet your need.

Part five—and the fifth mindset to wean yourself from—will be posted next Thursday.

About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

2 responses to “Six Mindsets to Eliminate From Your Life, Part 4”

  1. Shirley Tuttle says :

    Great message, I struggle with self pity but I stop myself, When I am in prayer approaching the Lord I may start to whimper however I stop and ask the Lord to forgive me and remind myself to go Boldly, that corrects it.

  2. thebridgechicago says :

    Great job calling out self pity as the huge lie it is. It is a trap, as you described. Once your start going down this specific mindset, it only spirals. We have this mindset that we are pathetic and it feels good to be here, but we are not pathetic. We’re more than conquerors! Thanks for bringing it to light!

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago

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