The Holidays are a time that I tend to get a little sentimental, maybe we all do because we think of the loved ones who are no longer with us and this year will mark the first time in my life that neither of my parents will be sitting at the table for our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. My Christmas was always fun and doubly so because it is also my birthday! I loved celebrating with Jesus and when I was a little girl I thought it meant that I must be special to be chosen to share Jesus’ birthday!
One Christmas day our family made the trip to Baxley for the funeral of a relative that had committed suicide. I have heard that more people commit suicide during the Christmas Holidays than any other time so I did some reading to find if it was true and why. For one thing I found out that there actually are more DOA s on Christmas Day than any other time of the year and the reason is actually a logical one. People ignore symptoms they are having because they don’t want to ruin anyone’s holiday or cause a problem if it is simply indigestion so they let it go and suddenly they have the “big one.” That is something that could happen to any of us, and I totally understand why anyone wouldn’t want to ruin a holiday with “indigestion”.
But I want to take on the subject of suicide and I would love input from any of you who have ever had thoughts about it. I looked up the word. The dictionary says that it is an intentional taking of one’s own life but there is another kind of suicide that happens when a preacher gets caught in a situation that costs him his pulpit, a politician loses his position, or a beauty queen her crown, as happened to one of our Miss Americas when pornographic photos were published starring her!
It is said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. When the devil, and yes I said the devil, talks to you, you may not recognize him because he may sound exactly like your current significant other, your exacting boss, or someone who is holding a secret over your head with threats to tell on you. Maybe he sounds like the bill collector telling you that if your rent isn’t paid on time you will be evicted and there is always the chance that he sounds like an abusive parent or spouse. Sometimes when you have been a victim of a crime, especially rape, you feel like you have been so violated that you cannot live. Whatever the problem is the solution is not taking your own life. The devil wants to steal your life so you cannot continue to live and take care of your children or be with your friends, or find that your problem is solved to the Glory of God.
1 Peter 5: 6-8 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. Stay alert; watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around, like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
When you realize that the devil just wants you for his next meal, it should make you want to stand up and fight for your life!
If your life is a mess and you can’t handle it anymore, why don’t you just “wrap it all in the rags of your life and lay it at the cross, Let Christ make, Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion He understood, all I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life!”
Before you give in to the devil and leave your loved ones to grieve, give yourself to God and see what He can do with you!