I’ve started to work my way back through Purpose Driven Life again hoping I’ll find some spark or motivation, something to drive me through my day. At the very least I was hoping to find a reason to stick around a bit longer. I’ve even taken to hand writing my notes in an effort to “make it stick.”
Today* Pastor Rick talked about how this life is only preparation for eternity. He uses the example of the nine months we spend in the womb being preparation for life. Though I heard that many times before, today was different. It made me look at eternity as the “next level” in a long video game.
Immediately this analogy reminded me of a feeling I always had when playing video games as a child. It really spoke to me so I had to write it down:
“Suicide is a shortcut or cheat code to get to the next level. I’ve always avoided shortcuts and cheat codes because I thought I missed out on the lessons and skills I would acquire on the journey. I never wanted to get to the next level knowing there was more I was supposed to do.”
*The Purpose Driven Life, Day 4
If you’re feeling suicidal please know that you are not alone and you should not feel embarrassed. Even more, don’t let your embarrassment keep you from getting the help you need. Feeling suicidal does not make you weird and it’s not because you’ve done anything wrong. You’re just going through a difficult time for any number of reasons. Please don’t let your illness lie to you and keep you from getting help. If you are feeling suicidal, stop reading right now and call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can connect to a skilled, trained counselor near you, anytime 24/7. Help is available.
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