There are so many things I wish I could tell you.
This is National Suicide Prevention Week.
I live in a community that has been infected by this terrible epidemic, specifically in our high schools — and as a teacher of so many intelligent, talented, incredible students, my heart breaks every time there’s another report of a student taking their own life. So this is a break from my typical writings about worship and a tribute to those — and you — who need some love, encouragement, and hope in life right now.
I wish I could tell you that you have so much potential. I wish I could tell you that you have so many opportunities to live, love, experience, pursue.
I wish I could encourage you to let go of the complacency you have allowed yourself to settle for.
I wish I could tell you that you have everything it takes and more to be a success. I wish I could tell you that you have the tools within yourself to grow and fulfill the purpose that God has for you.
I wish I could encourage you to let go of the fear you hold in your heart. I wish I could tell you that you are beautiful just the way you are. I wish I could tell you that you are smart, intelligent and interesting.
I wish I could encourage you to understand that life is, under no uncertain circumstances, perfect; but that it is perfect within its imperfections.I wish I could erase your insecurities and tell you that you are perfect — yes, even within your imperfections.
I wish I could put the broken and fragile pieces of your life back together for you.
You are worth so much more than you know. Your life is precious. You and your life are valued. So much. Your worth exceeds the price of diamonds and rubies.
Your smile is infectious, your laughter is the stuff dreams are made of. Your dreams can change the world when you — and only you — decide to make them come true. Believe in who you are and live. Believe that God created you for such a time as this. Believe that you are not here on this earth as an accident.
If you or someone you know struggle with thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. You are loved and your life does have a purpose.
Call the suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
text the crisis hotline 742742 // or call 911 for an emergency