A few month’s ago, it seemed that everyone on social media was sharing and discussing a new Netflix series: 13 Reasons Why. I have to be honest, I haven’t watched it, and I hope you haven’t either, but I know our curious nature and FOMO (fear of missing out) can compel us to watch, read, and ingest things we shouldn’t. 13 Reasons Why has been accused of romanticizing suicide, and along with a TV-MA rating, it is not suitable content for us to be bringing into our minds. I don’t say this to preach at you, but to warn you. The devil is sneaky: he uses pop-culture and popular shows to teach us false truths.
If something in 13 Reasons Why resonated with you, I want to encourage you to talk to a Christian adult who can provide wisdom and direction. Focus on the Family provides a service where you can speak with a licensed Christian counselor (absolutely free!) at 1-855-771-HELP (4357). If you have contemplated suicide, talk to someone. God’s plan for your life does not end in suicide; God’s plan is so much more than a situation or a moment, and He can use any and every situation for His good.
The simplest but hardest part: if you are dealing with loneliness, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts, you have to talk to someone now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t allow the devil to tell you you’re alone. Don’t allow yourself to believe that anyone will be disappointed in you if you tell them you need help. Don’t allow yourself to believe someone else has it worse so you need to suck it up. Someone wants to help you.
There is a loved one, a pastor, an adult who is waiting to hear from you and help you. Start with your pastor, or with a guidance counselor. They can guide you in how to find help and healing. And turn to the ultimate Healer, Jesus. He wants more than anything to lead you through this situation and to be your Rock. He wants you to lean on Him and His understanding each and every day.
My favorite book of the Bible is Psalms. If you haven’t spent time reading the Psalms, I would encourage you to check them out. The Psalms are filled with emotion: anger, sadness, depression, happiness, joy. The psalmists poured out their hearts to God, expressing their deepest emotions and frustrations to Him. The coolest part is that God listened, and God valued their letters enough to have them included in His holy Word and shared for all generations.
A great place to start is Psalm 143. David begs God to hear his prayer, and asks for God’s unfailing love as a servant of His. I don’t pretend to think that one Psalm can fix all anxiety or depression, but I do know that the Lord is faithful, and has been faithful from generation to generation.
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—Rachael Boynton | Spring Valley Corps | Greater New York