Did you know that somewhere around the globe a death by suicide occurs every 40 seconds?
According to the International Suicide Statistics, the number one cause of suicide is mental illness, and the most common condition related to it is depression. In Japan alone as of June 2014, there are about 27,000 suicide cases reported each year and almost 300 of these are recovered in what they call the “Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (Aokigahara)”.
Just earlier this week, everyone was shocked with the tragic news on the death of Robin Williams. A popular and widely acclaimed actor, a gifted and funny stand-up comedian, a wealthy producer and an accomplished screenwriter. He was the kind of man who puts smiles in everyone’s faces. Everyone remembers him for his funny movies like Popoye in 1980, Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, Night at the Museum and Happy Feet in 2006. He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. All these, however, proved that fame or fortune cannot solve hopelessness or cure depression.
There are several reasons why a person becomes depressed, it could be the loss of a loved one, a job or a property. It could also be due to stress in the family, the workplace or school. And for some, it is that strong sense of hopelessness, probably because of an illness or emotional pain. The truth is, no one is immune to stress or depression, but the good news is, there is hope for you!
Where? It might surprise you to know that the answer lies within you – and it begins with a choice. You may resort to counseling, yoga, positive thinking or support groups, which may actually give you favorable results, but may only work for a short time. You can probably name a famous star or someone you personally know who has tried some of these, but still failed.
What then works and gives lasting results? The only thing that works is if you will have a relationship with your Creator; the One who knows the make up of the human heart. He has the manual on how you can relate to Him as a child relates to his or her dad. But, you may ask, “How can I listen to His voice?” Well, you can do so by accepting His son Jesus Christ into your heart. If you do, a still, small voice will begin to speak not with an audible sound, but a tone that speaks a thought in your mind or a message to your heart.
In this special relationship, faith, hope, love and wisdom are given birth in your heart as you communicate with God daily. This becomes like a bubbling brook that gives your life a different meaning. It cannot be explained in words, but those who know how it works – simply know…
Take time to nurture your spirit to have a healthier mind and body.
My Father taught me,“Take My words to heart. Follow My commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget My words or turn away from them.
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.
My child, listen to Me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.
Take hold of My instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to My words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”
Proverbs 4:4-5, 7-8, 10-11, 13, 20-22