1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
There is probably no person reading this that hasn’t had some interaction with a depressed person or been one themselves. Depression is one thing and being suicidal is another. Just because someone is depressed doesn’t mean they are suicidal and some people that commit suicide never give any outside indication of their internal struggles. In dealing with a family member that has been struggling with suicidal thoughts and attempts, they explained it like this; “it is like being on the 6th floor of building that is on fire and you have two options, either stay in the fire and die or jump to certain death to get some relief from the heat of the fire”. This is something that I can’t really relate to because I have never felt that hopeless but I certainly can understand it the way it was communicated.
It can be hard to realize that the thoughts that are driving you to suicidal thoughts are only temporary when you are in the middle of the stress, but reach out to someone who cares. Most people considering suicide have people that love them and want the best for them, even if they don’t understand the thoughts – reach out to them.
This simple photo says a lot. Print it out and put it in your room, bathroom, car, etc. so you can read it anytime your are having those thoughts. Right next to it put the contact information of your best friend, a family member or the Suicide Prevention Hotline who will be available 24 hours a day to talk to you and help you through our unhealthy thoughts.
“Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.”
If you don’t have a friend or family member you can reach out to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255.
Remember, there are people that love you and will be devastated for the rest of their lives if you take your life. The feelings aren’t your fault and they don’t mean you can’t be redeemed. Many times it can be as simple as a chemical imbalance that medication and counseling can help with, other times it may mean getting long-term medical care and even hospitalization, but every option is better than suicide.
God loves you and wants the best in your life. Get down on your knees and ask for help from Him. He will save you, if you let Him. Here are a few verses that may help you.
Psalm 34:18-19 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
God loves you and wants you as part of his family, but the devil will do all he can to pull you away from a loving God.
Here is a video of success. And, yes true suicidal thoughts and suicides can happen to children in their pre-teen years.
WOW – a MUST WATCH 6 minute video of Tony Robbins in action!!! The meaning you give something will have a direct impact on how you feel about life. Find a new meaning and your entire world will change. Accept responsibility and you will shine light on the darkness, never to fall back into the shadows again.#TonyRobbins #UPW
Posted by James Leonhardt on Sunday, February 28, 2016