On Monday night, former MLB starting pitcher Tommy Hanson died of a massive organ failure following a drug overdose at age 29. Last August, legendary actor Robin Williams who made millions of dollars in Hollywood also took his own life. Unfortunately, the older I become, the lists of deaths by suicide continue to rise. Thus, I wonder how can it be so bad to want to end your own life?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly, John 10:10.
In a 2013 study, suicide was the second leading cause of death among teenagers. Some of these statistics can be attributed to bullying. Others may be related to an unhealthy family or living arrangements. When you add on depression, low esteem and unguided youths, perhaps individuals come to a point where they think, “it can’t get any worse?” Meanwhile, some may believe dying is less painful than facing reality.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life, John 3:16.
At the heart of this deception is the Father of Lies, Lucifer. The more isolated individuals are the louder these whispers become. Invisible to the eye, demonic spirits cherish each perishing soul. Yet, beyond the pain of life is a purpose, greater than anyone realizes. If those who have taken their own life just tasted the abundant life promised in the Bible things would have been different. For now, all you can do is learn from history, avoid demonic doldrums and set your mind on a higher purpose. And if it get’s any worse, hold on to Jesus.
by Jay Mankus