Turn Your Pity-Party Into a Praise-Fest!

We’ve been friends for over twenty years, so the conversation is easy. Whether it’s been a few hours or a few days or even weeks, we just pick up where we left off. You know what I mean.

She was telling me about the pressure she’s under at work, all the complications caused by endless new (and constantly changing) regulations that make it almost impossible for her to do what she was hired to do — what she’s gifted at and passionate about. Instead she’s working long hours filling out paperwork about paperwork about paperwork! And then there are her boys — Lord, have mercy! Parenting teens isn’t for wimps. How desperately she needs wisdom and patience and perseverance…

I told her about my latest MRI and the diagnosis I’m impatiently waiting for… what it could be, what it’s likely to be, and what that means for me. Then I told her about my to do list — all the things I’m supposed to be accomplishing in my career and ministry. I shared how frustrating it’s been that every time I cross two things off the list, I swear five more get added to it. (Hard to believe we used to get excited to hear the words “You’ve got mail!”) It all just seems so impossible and overwhelming to me.

We didn’t have time to get into anything major, anything deep. Just the ordinary stuff — the life stresses, the challenges, the to-dos looming large for both of us. I couldn’t fix her problems and she couldn’t fix mine, so we just took turns listening. And then at the end, we added — a little helplessly — that we’d be praying.

Sometimes it’s cathartic to talk things over… there’s definitely a time and place for venting. Even commiserating. But I can’t honestly say this particular conversation did anything for either of us. We were just tiredly touching base.

Turn Your Pity-Party Into a Praise-Fest

Fifteen minutes later, she called back. “I think we should do something,” she said, without any preamble. “I think we

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