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Why Me Lord

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WHY ME, LORD?  

Years ago a song by the same title hit the pop charts. Written by Kris Kristofferson and sung by Elvis Presley, it became a big hit immediately. It was obvious that the writer either knew someone or was that someone who had been blessed by the Lord but really did not understand why, considering he had strayed from the paths of righteousness.             

For instance: “What have I ever done to deserve all the pleasures I’ve known? What did I ever do to deserve the kindness you’ve shown? Do you think there’s a way to repay all I’ve taken from you?”

  At the end of the second verse he realizes he can show someone else, who may have been in the same or similar situation, how to get back to God. Because the refrain states he knew who he was, and he now knows just how much he needed the Lord in his life.  

Over the years I have counseled many people who have been through trials and tragedy and when at the deepest moment of despair and agony have cried out, “Why me Lord?”   In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the third chapter begins with these words: “To every thing there is a season, And a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

And then the chapter proceeds to enumerate: “A time to be born, and a time to die, A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up, A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”

The lesson to be learned from the verses is:

  1. It’s all right to doubt, it’s all right to cry,
  2. It’s all right to get mad and lose your temper,
  3. It’s all right to hate what has happened.

But after you do all these things, you should:

  1. Quit doubting and start laughing,
  2. Quit being mad and calm down,
  3. Quit hating and start loving.

Emotions play a major role in everyone’s life, but learning how to bring them under control is when you find peace and contentment.

God has a purpose for everything he allows to happen in our lives. After you have gotten upset, shook you fist up toward heaven, said a few choice words “%&^$#@” and then said, “Why me Lord?” Then it’s time to get down on your knees and say thank you, Lord, and try to discover the reason God loved you enough to allow you go through this period of discomfort.  

When you can do that, you’re healed. That is when your should trust the Lord and not listen to your inner self.

 

Why me, Lord?  

Words and music by Kris Kristofferson

What have I ever done to deserve even one

Of the pleasures I’ve known

Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving You

And the kindness You’ve shown

Chorus:

Lord help me Jesus I’ve wasted it…  

So help me Jesus, You know what I am

Now that I know that I’ve needed you…

So help me Jesus my soul’s in Your hands

 

Try me Lord, if You think there’s a way  

I can ever repay, all I’ve taken from You

Maybe Lord, I can show someone else

What I’ve been through myself

On my way back to You

To Chorus:

Why me, Lord?  

What have I ever done to deserve even one

Of the pleasures I’ve known

Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving You

And the kindness You’ve shown

To Chorus: