Suicide is something that is happening constantly, every single day. To be exact, someone commits suicide every 40 seconds. It absolutely breaks my heart and has been heavy on my heart for years. I've heard countless stories of people who have committed suicide, and the question I always come back to is why. Why are so many people giving up hope? Why do so many people feel like life is better off without them? Why? I know that many people struggle with mental health. Maybe you're reading this right now, and you're in a battle with mental health and suicidal thoughts. My hope and my prayer for you is that this article will give you some kind of hope. Let this be a reminder that there is so much more to life than what you see right now.
The enemy is constantly planting lies in our heads that we aren't good enough. We aren't loved. Life would be better off without us. Maybe somebody has said those words to our face, or we just slowly start believing them overtime. I feel like suicide is almost always rooted in those lies that the enemy has planted in our heads at some point in time. When we start to cultivate those lies that the enemy has planted, and when we start to believe that these lies are true, that's when we become in danger. It seems that there's constantly a war between our minds and our hearts. Our head starts believing the lies, and the enemy wants our heart to believe it too. We become trapped in this battle, and it can feel like we can't escape. We start to believe that there is no hope. We start to want a way out. Maybe that description is you right now. Maybe you want a way out, and suicide seems like the only option. But believe me: there is much more to life than what you're seeing right now. Maybe you feel like you're living in the dark, but believe me: dawn is coming.
I know that what you're facing is hard. I've had my share of tough things in life as well. But I know that after every storm, the sun comes through. It always does, and it always will. God is faithful, and He will never leave you alone. I love this song by Cade Thompson called "Almost Dawn." This song was written out of Cade seeing the depression and suicide that has been going on in this world, and the lyrics really say more than my own words ever could. "You're more loved and wanted than you could dream/You make more of a difference than it may seem/Soon you'll see the light breaking, changing everything/Hold on, it's almost dawn." You're wanted here. Just like these lyrics say, you make more of a difference than it may seem. I know that your life may feel so dark right now, and you may feel like you're constantly running on empty. But there is so much hope.
God put you here on this earth for a reason. You have a purpose in this life; a purpose and a plan greater than anything you could ever dream of. Your life isn't over until God says it's over. And I can tell you that He wants you here. In your deepest and darkest moments, You can fully rely on Him. He will always be a person you can trust when other people fail you. He will never give up on you, and He doesn't want you to give up on Him. Your story is far from over. This life is worth living. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
There's an incredible organization called To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Their goal is to help people who deal with suicide/self-harm and to bring awareness to what people are going through. This week is National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12), and I have a challenge for you. If you're reading this because you have been dealing with suicidal thoughts, I want you to be able to get help. Don't be afraid to reach out to your family, a pastor, or someone you trust. Community is so important. You weren't made to do this life on your own. Find someone who can push you and motivate you to keep going. Also, take advantage of TWLOHA's self-care steps when you're feeling weighed down. You can find their crisis text line, podcasts, blogs, and more. And if you need immediate help, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They're open 24/7. You can call them at 1 (800) 273-8255. I also have a challenge for those of you who don't struggle with suicidal thoughts. Reach out to your friends, neighbors, and family members who appear to be struggling. Simply reaching out to them and asking how you can help could change everything.
This life is beautiful, and it's worth living. Keep hanging on. Keep hanging on to see the next sunrise, the next sunset, and every little thing in between. You are loved and you are wanted. There is a God who put you on this earth because He loves you so much, and He has a purpose for your life. Don't you ever give up.
Grace Chaves is a fan of all things Christian music. She is one of NRT's youngest writers. Homeschooled, Grace loves concerts, Jesus, and songwriting.
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