Before you move on to the blog, I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers regarding my mom’s passing this past week. They were greatly appreciated. Now to the blog:
The Pain We Hide Inside
Another celebrity committed suicide over the week. Anthony Bourdain apparently had been dealing with depression for years. He is quoted as saying, “I was raised without religion. I don’t believe in a higher power.” I can’t help but wonder how different things might have been had he walked into a good Christian church.
Sometimes we get so focused on the pain, we can’t see anything else. Yet, Psalm 34:18 tells us that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. God is with us and will help heal us if we allow him into our lives.
Depression can be debilitating. It can hold us hostage if we allow it. The worst part is, depression causes us to focus on our own emotions and feelings instead of focusing on others. One of the best ways out is to turn to others for help.
Read the Bible, join friends and family when they get together and volunteer. All these ways will help you to focus more on others instead of your own pain, which might help you feel better about your situation. A pet will also help. The love of a pet helps people through a myriad of issues including loneliness, stress, and even depression.
…when you volunteer your time on a regular basis it gives you a sense of purpose and accomplishment that perhaps you may have forgotten. – Susan Noonan, M.D.
Instead of allowing the pain inside to take over, we need to turn our emotions over to God. Satan will use every aspect of your life to turn you away from Jesus, but you must fight it, even if you’re in the depths of depression.
So look to others and to God to help. And remember, suicide is a final solution. There is no coming back. I pray if you feel like you can’t take it anymore, you give it one more day. And then one more day after that. But most of all, look to God. I wish Anthony Bourdain had checked out the love of Jesus. Who knows, if he had, his daughter might not be mourning his death.
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know, and I will pray for the situation.