Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.
Job spoke out and said:
Perish the day on which I was born,
the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” (Jb 3:1-3)
Feeling sorry for oneself is nothing new. It is as old as recorded history. Today’s first reading from the Book of Job is no exception.
Job felt might sorry for himself as he went through his many ordeals, telling people that he loathed his life. He just did not want to be consoled. It took many a prophet and then God, Himself, to set Job straight.
There are so many times that we feel sorry for ourselves. We think that we have drawn the most rotten break, that nothing good ever comes our way. When we have the opportunity to look back on those times about which we complained, we see the hand of God was with us, leading us and guiding us. However, as things were happening, we felt so very much alone.
The fact of the matter, though, is that we are far from alone.
God is always with us.
And, truth be told, we are not the worst of the worst.
It only takes a quick walk through a hospital or a nursing home or a rehab center or a hospice facility to realize that we are far from the worst. There are many people who live more desperate lives, often without complaining one iota.
The best way to forget our own troubles is to reach out to others and help them in their troubles. Take the time to do so today and feel better about yourself!
FAITH ACTION: Pray for all those you know — and do not know — who suffer every day asking God to give them consolation and hope this day.