Monday, March 7, 2011

Pool Party or Pity Party

This is a repost from October 4, 2010.  This passage was used in the sermon at church yesterday, and I felt prompted to post it again.  

In the fifth chapter of John, we read about a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  Every day he sat by the pool of Bethesda hoping to be healed. From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters.  The first one into the pool after each disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had.  One day Jesus came to the pool and saw him lying there.  When Jesus learned that he had been in this condition for such a long time, he ask him, "Do you want to get well?"  I don't know about you, but that seems like a strange question.  This man has been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  It seems obvious that he would want to get well.  But the man didn't say, "Yes, I want to get well!"  Instead, he responded, "Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."  John 5:7  

This strikes me as such an odd response.  Jesus was inviting the man to a pool party, but he was too busy having a pity party.  How many times do we do the same thing?  Jesus is standing next to us as The Answer, but we are too consumed with our problems to even notice.  We try to take care of things, then feel sorry for ourselves when things don't work out right.

Jesus is the answer to every challenge we face.  He has a plan for each one of us.  We just have to remember that His ways are not our ways.   Get your eyes off of your problems and fix them on Jesus.  Then when He comes with the solution, you'll be ready to have a pool party of your own.




Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:19-20
19.  My dear brothers, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20.  for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

6 comments:

  1. Too often I choose pity party. I am learning to choose the pool party. I want to turn to God. He is the Answer.

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  2. What a great lesson! I've attended a pity party or two... spending too much time dwelling on what I can't do instead of praying about what Jesus can do for me. Mel from www.melindatodd.com posted this on FB the other day... "Can't is really just CAN with a cross after it." I love that! Great post! Blessed week ahead Lisa!

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  3. Opps... I posted that last comment as Kelli, but that was actually me :) I have to log in as Kelli to post a blog and then back in as me to post comments, so I forget sometimes... sorry about that!

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  4. Excellent post! I've always loved the lesson in this passage too. I know I've delayed a lot of healing in my own life because of those pity parties.

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  5. I think we all fall into the "pity party" side of things now and again. As you said, instead we need to keep our eyes fixed firmly on The Answer that Jesus brings to our lives.

    Excellent post Lisa!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  6. Opps... I posted that last comment as Kelli, but that was actually me :) I have to log in as Kelli to post a blog and then back in as me to post comments, so I forget sometimes... sorry about that!

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