Please Don't Die!

Please Don’t Die!

All too often I hear of someone tragically taking their own life. Having presided over funerals for such folks and having attempted to comfort survivors, I want to put something out there again, to encourage anyone who may be considering suicide to reconsider. Please, reconsider.

I haven’t been where you are, so I don’t pretend to understand all you are going through. I would like to hear your side. Until then, here are just a few things I believe you need to know:

#1 The rest of us want you to keep going, to live. Even if it doesn’t show, we care about you. You are a unique human being like the rest of us and we are connected by our humanity even if we don’t know you.

#2 Regardless of who you are, you have the potential to do much good that will benefit others. Right now, someone needs what you have to offer. You have God-given gifts. Please stay with us so for the benefit of those who need what you have.

#3 Losing you will hurt every right-thinking person who hears of your death. It will hurt most, those you care about the most.

#4 If you need help of any kind there is someone who is willing to provide it. We just need to get you connected.

#5 Regardless of what may seem to be crushing you, it is not worth your life.

#6 If you press on with life, you can be a source of strength to others who are struggling. Conversely, your decision to die may weaken the resolve of others to go on.

#7 Everything in God’s universe has purpose. This is especially true of you, as you are created in God’s image. Keep going until you have discovered your purpose.

#8 If guilt is troubling your soul, killing yourself will right no wrong. You can only make amends if you live.

#9 You need to know that your survivors will likely see your suicide as a selfish act.

#10 Your pain may turn out to be one of the best teachers you’ve ever had. The rest of us need to hear the lessons it has taught you.

#11 God does his best work with the biggest, baddest, most seemingly insurmountable problems. That's what the cross of Jesus Christ is all about.

#12 Death will not be the end of your pain, but it will end your opportunity to do something about it.

Contact me. Contact someone. Call me selfish, but I do not want to hear of another fellow traveler through time who has cut theirs short.


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