Thinking about Suicide?

We lost a friend last month, which I didn’t find out about until a few days ago. He wasn’t a close friend, but I’m sad to see that he choose to end his own life.

His situation was difficult, to say the least. He felt trapped for a variety of reasons I don’t feel inclined to share, save only to say that if you’re reading this and you feel trapped in your life about something that just seems to oppress you, let me assure you that this is not the sum of your life. You are more than the troubles facing you, and you would be missed if you chose to check out early.

Life isn’t easy. Whether your troubles appear to be self-inflicted through poor choices or is more of chance, don’t throw the towel in. Life was never promised to be an easy walk, so if you’re struggling, you’re where you’re supposed to be. Don’t believe TV when it says life is supposed to be easy and carefree and if your life ain’t what you see in the screen, you ain’t nothing. Well, that’s simply not true.

You have great value, given to you by a higher being who knew before you were born that you would face your present crisis. He built you for this crisis and any others you might face, and will use you for both your joy and for the betterment of others if you just stick it out.

Your life is worth more than the troubles your facing and even if it seems all consuming, it actually isn’t. It’s a fraction of your life that just seems stickier than the rest of it. You might just need to take a step back and put it into perspective. If you need help putting it into perspective, contact me. Seriously, I seem to have a knack for putting things into perspective for others.

Know that no matter how hard today seems, the morning will come. If nothing else, think about that. No matter what happens, how oppressing your situation appears or hopeless you feel, the sun will still rise tomorrow, with a promise of God’s new mercies and fresh grace.

Like freshly plucked fruit, it’s your own “second chance,” each and every day. And we could all appreciate a second chance.