Headlines today have too many stories of teens committing suicide or attempting to. Just this week I read another story about Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s daughter, being found unconscious, face down in a bath tub. Authorities in the case have stated that it was due to a drug overdose and now she is on a ventilator and in a coma. She is only 21-years-old and is fighting for her life.
Sadly, I hear the stereotypes society gives teens that have these hopeless thoughts towards life. They are often labeled as having “mental issues”, but that is an unfair title. Although some teens may have mental issues, a large majority of them face these suicidal thoughts because they feel unsure if there is hope for them.
Young adults, like Bobbi Kristina, cannot see a way beyond their current struggles, so they use drugs or other addictions to mask the heaviness of their hopelessness.
Not long ago I heard about a popular teen in my hometown who killed himself because of his homelife. He had everything going for him at school and future scholarships that would allow him to get a college degree for free, but his home-life caused his suffering.
If you are a teen or young adult in a similar situation, please don’t give up because there is hope. The only time you are truly hopeless is when you end your life. What you are going through is tough but God can rescue you from the torment you find yourself in. God can protect you in your greatest time of need because He cares for you.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7
There are many men and women in the Bible that felt hopeless. You may think no one understands what you are going through. Your friends, your family, may not understand what you are going through. But the Lord does.
He sees the pain you are going through and wants you to reach for him, call on His name. You may feel like there is no way God could rescue you because you are in a deep pit with no hope for rescue. It doesn’t make sense how or why He rescues, but the fact remains…HE is a rescuer.
You may have heard how people or self-help books can help or teach you to climb out of the pit you are in. But Jesus is the only one, THE ONLY ONE, who will climb down into that pit with you and carry you out.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” –Zephaniah 3:17