Suicide and Hopelessness

Suicide in the U.S. is on the increase. We know it.  I just read that 20 veterans per day committed suicide in 2017. That’s huge!  What brings people to the point of suicide? I believe it’s depression and a sense of hopelessness.

There was a short period in my life when I too contemplated suicide. I was in a depression and without purpose in my life.  Fortunately it was short-lived and I was introduced to Jesus Christ in a way I had never before known.  I surrendered my life to Him at age 27.  There was an instant sense of peace, joy and purpose.  All depression, hopelessness and thoughts of suicide disappeared–never to return.

Last week at the gym, I overheard two men talking.  One said he hadn’t been coming to the gym lately because he’d been feeling too lazy to work out.  A few seconds later he admitted  the real reason he hadn’t come was because he was depressed.  The other man said, “I know what you mean.  I have problems with depression myself.”

I overheard enough to know in my heart they both need Jesus.  I thought to myself,  I have a little booklet in my purse I could share with them. Perhaps I could enter into their discussion and say, Excuse me, I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation.  I too went through depression once. The message in this little booklet changed my life and gave me hope.  My depression left me instantly and was replaced with joy and peace. May I share it with you?”

Instead I said nothing and walked away feeling guilty.  I felt it would be inappropriate–perhaps it was best I didn’t say anything at the time.   Actually, I am acquainted with one of those men and I believe the Lord is prompting me to bring my booklet tomorrow and share it with him.

“Lord God, give me Your wisdom and tact tomorrow, that I may speak boldly and with love.  I ask in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.” 

  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   Romans 15:13
  • The booklet I will share:  Would You Like To Know God Personally? by Dr. Bill Bright. You may read it here:  https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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