Destined to Live, Despite Me- Biblical Truths for Suicide Survivors
Writer Author Yolanda Shanks
Christian Book Excerpt
- Fiction No
According to published statistics by the CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States it is estimated that 91 people will commit suicide this very day. This is equivalent to one successful suicide every 16 minutes. The CDC Summer of 2009 Statistics Publication article “Facts at a Glance” listed suicide as the eleventh leading cause of death, among Americans, the second leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds, and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. The data states that suicide deaths are only part of the problem since more people actually survive suicide attempts than who actually die from suicide. Thank God, that I am living proof!
Yes, I am a suicide attempt survivor, and I understand completely how the trials and tribulations of this life can rage so severe at times that we might experience the emotion of despair (a feeling of hopelessness) at life itself. Because of my previous attempt as a teenager to end my life, as a young adult, when I sought to pick up the pieces and move forward, I struggled with self-worth and with feelings of guilt and shame, which all affected how I approached life.
There were questions for which I still needed answers in order to live free from my past. You too may have some of these same questions as well: Who truly am I? Why me? Where does pain come from? What’s next? What’s needed to rebuild my life from here? Who is God? Does God still love me? Do I deserve love? What is hope? What is faith? What is salvation? What am I being saved from? How can I shake the embarrassment, guilt, and shame from my past?
All these questions are well worth your research and discovery. Many times, after a struggle, we have identified and fixed the underlying issues and eliminated suicide as an available alternative. Still, although we have made a conscious decision to live a meaningful life, possibly we have not mapped out a plan to deal with future negative events that will arise.
Psalm 118:17 “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD!”,
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