THERE IS A HORRIBLE trend facing the world right now and I feel as if its time to get to the root of things once and for all. I have a degree in counseling and have studied depression both in my studies and first hand experience and in every instance it comes back to the same problem; no hope….
Just yesterday I heard about another person committing suicide that was young, in relatively good health, great family and all the things going for them you would think lead to a happy life. As I have many times before said, however, we have an Enemy that hates us and will do everything in his limited power to convince us that we are alone and unloved….
Some of the problem is the media; we glamorize suicide almost as if its some kind of answer that actually helps. It doesn’t; all it does is create more pain for those left behind and again the Enemy softly whispers to us that it is….
The trend for children is even more disturbing, let me point out a few sobering statistics.
1. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.
3. Every day in our nation, their are an average of over 3,041 attempts bu young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 and 8, the numbers would be even higher.
So what does this all mean? It means we are living in a world that is offering no hope. We are living in a world where we are thrown meds like cattle without truly knowing the long term effects. We live in a world without……GOD.
See friends, there is only One thing, One Person, One Element in all of Creation that can give us the hope we have lost and so desire; God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The world keeps giving us options, yet the stats do not lie; what the world is giving us is NOT working!
Yes, sometimes there are events in our life that happen that cause us to become depressed; again, I have seen this first hand, BUT Jesus is always there ready to pull you up IF you are willing to reach out to Him!
Friends, the world is hurting and for good reason. We have given up on our Creator and given our lives to a world that is run by the Enemy of our souls. Know this though, God promised us better! I leave you with this passage…
Isaiah 43:1-2- “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”