I ask people all of the time what they believe and whether they are in the middle of smoking drugs, cussing someone out or praying they say Christian. So, I am not going to settle for saying “Christian” here. But there is a deep place in God that we can go to, that has to be a personal experience, and often when we are far from that relationship is when we feel emptiest.
In my book, Identity Crisis, Identity Christ Is: A Journey to Love I talk about the testimony that a church member gave about being at the railroad tracks waiting for the train, with her car sitting on the tracks. My pastor answered the question, “How do we get to that place?” He said, “We get to that place because we are empty.”
In order to feel like there is no life left in you, you would have to be empty in a spiritual capacity. For those who are not christians and may not understand what I mean when I talk about an intimate relationship with God, I want you to imagine the most amazing moment in your life, and that is nothing on God.
But on days when it has been months, even years, without any change, and you have been in faith, and working at whatever seems to remain unchanged; I can understand how you can feel like death.
Sometimes you need a physical change in location. Sometimes it may be the relationships around you. It is ever important to possess compassion for those around you because you never know what they are going through. Offer your love. Love covers a multitude of sin, and it abounds. Love is the very thing that EVERYTHING in life hangs on and I believe that if we get back to love, crawling with the same desperation that the woman with issue of blood did when she was trying to get the crowd to touch the hem of his garment, we can save lives.
Love is selfless, and it finds a way.
This is not the first of the last recession. If someone around you has died, they won’t be the last. There are situations that happen that we never thought would and crisis’ that we did not think we could bear. However, when you are faced with such turning points, remember that you make the call.
Just as God asked us to choose him, he allows us to choose the life we will live. We also choose life, and we choose death. With so many options, even in pain, I encourage you to be empowered to make a choice that will give you a freedom that you are sure to experience. We talk about the other side, but you don’t really know what’s on it, until you’re there.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, and fearful of being condemed, I encourage you to talk to someone, with confidence. Friends sharpen us, and even when we don’t know something, because true friends know us, they can offer an perspective, work on your behalf in spirit or in life, to help.
Rebuke the thoughts and even if you don’t know what to pray, mutter something. If you can’t talk to anyone, you can always talk to the one that made you.