After spending a decade on the phones counseling depressed, down, and suicidal people, I have come to the conclusion that the thought of suicide (in some form) is a thought many men have pondered.
From “I wish I weren’t here” to “everybody would be better off without me” to “I want the pain to end,” men have wanted relief at some time in their lives.
Unfortunately, while more women attempt suicide, it’s men who are more successful at taking their own lives. It’s the final step in the plan for destruction set in motion by our enemy.
All too often, the thoughts, circumstances, sadness, or brain trauma that lead up to suicide get suppressed momentarily only to resurface later with greater intensity.
A man loses hope. The decision of self-demolition ensues. Yet . . . there is hope, and there is life. It’s just one call away. And it comes with a promise. The key word to remember is “yet.”
The Bible, and the entire book of Lamentations, includes many true stories about being in distress. One lament, in chapter 3 verses 19-20, provides context we can relate to: Feelings of affliction, aimless wandering, bitterness, and…Continue Reading