One, two, three, four, five. Five jagged lines on her wrist. Five lines for a countdown. One- a lash out from her father. Two- lies spread like wildfire about her at school. Three- betrayed trust. Four- the laughing stock in science class. Five- a breakup with her boyfriend. All within the same week. She cried every night, but no one saw. She was always in the back of the class, so she wouldn’t be seen. She intentionally got detention so she had somewhere to go for lunch. Two thousand students attended the school. Not one said a word to her unless they had to. She slid her hoodie sleeve down her arm. It was the easiest way to hide the lines.
Could reaching out play a part in preventing a suicide?
A suicide attempt is made in the United States every thirty seconds. Every twelve minutes someone dies from suicide. Often times these people are from unstable homes. From families who don’t introduce Jesus to them often enough that they can grab onto the truth. If they die most people will ask, “What could we have even done?” then sadly, be on with their day. As Christians, we are the ones that are supposed to reach out and just, say “hi” in passing. To ask, “Hey, would you want to come to youth group with me this Wednesday?” and learn about them. The story of the good Samaritan pairs well with this. If we see someone in pain, will we pass by thinking ourselves righteous? Or cross the street because we truly are righteous?
A teenager at my school committed suicide
At my school, there was a suicide in November of 2017. I first heard that there was a girl. That it involved a train. That her name was Faith. From that information, I knew who it might be. But I couldn’t get a guarantee until two months later. Until I found someone who knew her last name. For two months I searched for the presumed identity of this girl. No one knew her last name. It ended up being the girl I had suspected all along. It was the girl I had invited to youth group several times, but she never came. But to invite her, I needed to know her name. And that was more than I could say for 99% of the rest of the school. Next time you see someone alone, be willing to ask their name. Because a simple way to reach out to someone can save their life.
Love makes a difference
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). – Love those around you sincerely because love is stronger than sin and love makes a difference.
God Only Knows – be For King And Country
Sharing Hope for the Next Generation
Bryce~ I’m touched by your genuine love for people and for your God!! Keep writing and shining for Him. You ARE making a difference in this world!!
Thanks for stopping by Sue! That’ll mean a lot to him. Sending you hugs.
Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading! It really does mean a lot 🙂
Powerful message. Yes, reach out. When we feel God giving us a nudge to act, we should listen and follow through. Thank you for including the new for King & Country video.
Melissa, it’s all about being obedient to His nudging, isn’t it? He always wants to use us to help others, we just have to be open to hearing and obeying.
Of course! It’s one of my new favorite songs.
God has big plans for you Bryce.
The influence you have with others, no matter how small it might seem to you, is BIG to God.
Keep noticing, keep reaching out, keep listening.
I see His Hands on you. And He will give you the next thing.
Really good post.
Thanks so much for your encouragement Cyn. I appreciate Bryce’s heart for others, knowing it comes straight from the heart of God.
Thank you so much! Thank you for always reading and commenting. It’s great to witness the impact I have been able to have on people.