Suicide StoriesQUESTION: Suicide stories - What can I learn?ANSWER:
There are two suicide stories that I'd like to share with you.
When I was in High School, I remember a young man who was very quiet. He and his sister were new to our school and kept to themselves much of the time. In the middle of the school year, my classmates and I received the devastating news that his father had hung himself. We didn't know what to say or how to act around the young man or his sister.
For weeks, he walked quietly into class, without speaking or looking at anyone. He didn't appear to be sad. He almost seemed to be at peace. However, after several weeks had passed, we received tragic news that the young man himself was found hanged. Apparently, his father's suicide impacted him more deeply than we could know or understand.
My friends and I questioned ourselves. What could we have done to prevent that young man's suicide?
Several years ago, I went to the funeral of another young man. He was 13 years old and had just joined our church. By all accounts, he seemed to be very happy about his decision. But, within weeks after joining us, he shot himself in the head.
Every member of the church questioned ourselves. What we could have done to prevent that young man's suicide?
From these suicide stories I have learned that:
- Suicide affects more people than the person who killed themselves.
- Suicide traumatizes those who are left behind.
- Suicide leaves many people wondering why the person took their life.
- It is not always possible to know if a person is suicidal or not.
If you are considering taking your own life, consider the following:
- There is a God in heaven.
- It is not God's will for anyone to take their own life.
- God created you for a specific reason.
- God has a plan for your life.
- God wants to give you a happy and fulfilling life.
- God loves you (even if you think no one else does).
- You need to know God.
God loves you so much, that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross for your sins. You can have a relationship with Him by confessing your sins to Jesus Christ and asking Him to be your Lord and Savior. Once you have confessed your sins and asked Jesus to be your Lord, your relationship with your heavenly Father can begin. Talk to God as you would talk to any other person. Share your problems and concerns with him and ask Him to help you. God will talk to you through the Holy Bible, so read your Bible every day. Then find a church that you like, as soon as possible. Share your decision to give your life to Christ with the church pastor and tell him why you made that decision. The members of the church will help you get to know God better.