Admittedly, I haven’t experienced certain types of darkness, but I know that there are people whose minds and broken hearts have led them to the edge of a place where I lack understanding. Recently, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott shared that his brother’s death last spring was a suicide. Another brother, Tad, shared his own feelings of failure when it came to not protecting their late brother.
I know some of what Tad is feeling. Someone that means a lot to me deals with mental illness. He is still here, but the battle continues to push him to the point of no return. I’ve tried to dissect his situation and uncover his feelings in an effort to better understand why he has suicidal thoughts. I thought it was my duty to fix his problems, so his demons became my failure.
Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said, “Think for a minute, about what’s going on under the surface of your life. Your reactivity is an indicator of maybe your tendency and anxiety.”
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
As I thought about my fear of failing him and my false need to be the one to help him, I began to understand what I was doing. My anxiousness was coming from a place that wasn’t necessary.
The thought of losing this dear individual was, and is, difficult to process. But my fear of failing him, pushed me to find the answers that I didn’t have. Once I realized that I took a step back and gave it to God.
Do you feel the need to dissect every problem? Do you think that knowing the answers will fix everything around you?
It’s okay to identify your problems or those of others, but understand that you don’t have to be the solution. Seek guidance from those equipped to handle the situation. Invite others to join a Group. Pray about the dilemma, and trust God with the outcome.
This month is Suicide Prvention Month. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255.
Lord, help all who find themselves drowning in a world without you. For those of us who believe, continue to help us with our moments of unbelief. Humble us when we feel the need to be in control of everything or everyone. Thank you for continually leaving the door open to give our doubt, trouble, and pain over to you. Fill our hearts with forgiveness and love. Let us be anxious for nothing and remind us that it is not our place to understand everything. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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