Dark Clouds

Ever have a day where the dark clouds seem to just keep rolling in. Don’t you wish the sun would just peek through and save you from the pain or did you think about making the pain go away another way? Have you had the dark clouds make you think that there is no other way other than taking your own life? Rest assured you are not alone. Depression is a tough illness to battle because there is generally no outward appearance of it. We cannot look through pictures and point out the ones who are depressed and those that are not. People can get pretty good at hiding what is going on underneath the surface to the point that you would never know anything is wrong until it is too late.

Suicide is a nasty killer. While contemplating it you will think that it is the best thing for everyone around you. You will think that it is the best thing for you also to escape the pain and the rat race that you are on. I have lost people, known people and have battled it myself. Life is not always easy and a lot of times we make it so much harder on ourselves by not following our instruction book. That’s right we have been given an instruction book; the Bible still is pertinent today as it was 2000 years ago. Whatever you are going through you can find it in the Bible, if not the exact subject you can find something close to it.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

2 Corinthians 7:10

To me this means if we have our eyes too much on the worldly side of life it will affect our minds and cause us to want to die. But if we look to God with our sorrow and repentance, he will give us peace. Peace that passes understanding that we do not deserve but he is willing to give to us if we ask.

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Matthew 23:12

We all need to humble ourselves that we are not perfect. There is not a perfect person out there living on this Earth. God wants us to help each other;

…make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

Above all else we are to love each other as we love our self. Yet, when you do not love yourself that is a hard one to think about. Better one might be

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Luke 6:31

This one has helped me better than loving the neighbor; because so often I do not love myself so how would I love someone else like that. But to do onto others as I would want done to me is easier because I am serving others; I try to keep everyone happy. I would want someone to try to make me happy so that is my approach to that idea today.

Overall, just remember Suicide is not the end. It may be the end to your pain, but you leave behind many other questions and it also means that you are giving up on God. He is the ultimate healer and will do great things if we give him the chance to work. He is always beside us and when we are going through the tough times; Remember that you are learning something that may be useful later. I am thankful for the scars I have because now I can truly be compassionate to a variety of people. God will use that compassion to further his kingdom by the fact that I’ve been there, done that and lived through it to tell my story and how God is going to use my story to help keep others alive and living for him. So, no matter what you have been through find a way to use it to help someone else. If we would all help each other rather than run down other people, this world would be a greater place overall.

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