The recent suicides of celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, a month ago, opened the door for a conversation about the reality that many people, no matter how “good” their lives appear, struggle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
It’s the fact that Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are celebrities who made the discussion a public one, but the truth is that this is a struggle people deal with within the church as much as they do within our larger society. For this reason, we shouldn’t shy away from talking about these kind of subjects, but deal with them, and speak the truth – that God wants us to be made whole and free from anxiety and depression. One drop of His blood is enough to cleanse us and set us free.
It’s also important for us to remember that our life matters to the Lord and to those around us. Even when we have dealt with trauma, pain, and regret over past mistakes, we don’t have to give up. His blood and His grace is enough for us, and there is no circumstance beyond the redemptive power of Christ. He is a Redeemer.
You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside
and my intricate outside,
and wove them all together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex!
Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.
It simply amazes me to think about it!
How thoroughly you know me, Lord!
Psalm 139:13-14 TPT
We weren’t just made by God; we were made in the image of God. Made to reflect His glory wherever we go. We were made on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose. This doesn’t mean we are going to be perfect people. It just means that we are people who desire to walk in emotional, mental, and physical wholeness; and we can have victory over any anxiety and depression we may be fighting.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
We don’t have to fake strength when we are struggling. In fact, it is in our weakness that we encounter His strength, and His strength makes us strong. Even if we are in the middle of a battle right now, it’s important to acknowledge where we are so that we can invite the Lord into that place with us. He’s not intimidated by the situation; He is Lord over it all, if we will give it all to Him.
It’s also important to know that we are not alone. Family, church family, a Life Group, and friends are all important parts of our journey into wholeness and health. It is safe for us to reach out on behalf of our friends or ourselves. And, if you or anyone you know may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1-800-273-8255. Our voice can be influential in making someone we love know that there is hope on the other end of whatever they may be facing.
And last, there is always hope. In fact, we have been given a promise of great hope in Christ, both in this life and in the life to come. When hope is the anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19) we are attached to hope and steadily grounded, despite the winds and the waves, to that hope.
Prayer: Father God, thank You that You are a Redeemer and the God of the impossible. There is no situation that is beyond Your grasp or too big for Your ability. I declare my trust in You, and I put my hope in You to give me and those I love strength to move forward.