Too many literary, auditory, visual, and audio-visual works have already been made to express, elucidate, and present what life means — why life is worth living for. That it having varied and diverse medium of presenting to the people, started to diminish it’s real essence. It has become a common word, concept, or topic that people do not really give much attention to the core of life — to the core of their lives.
People have been too preoccupied with the worldy things; even bombarded with the mountainous tasks in their respective fields that thinking how they should be living their lives are already being set aside. They started to act like machines, following only the orders that are programmed in their system. They started to become slaves of time which in reality, must be otherwise.
People are put to the extreme pressures their working spheres and people surrounding them have bequeathed. These things made them feel that good was never enough. It MUST always be perfect. These things made them want to achieve MORE just for the merits of recognition and acceptance in our flawed society. They always felt the need to go with the flow of things that to contradict it would mean more pains and hurts to resist. It is a thing that to do so would require so much energy and motivation that they almost always wanted to give in, just for the sake of being free from the burdens of suffering.
That nowadays, so many people are thinking of killing themselves just to escape the pressures the society has pressed upon them. But really, is killing yourselves a viable option? Aren’t doing so only proves that one is a coward? One only run away from it but the problem is not really addressed. One just escaped from it but NEVER face it.
To face the problems especially one’s fears means one is being strong. Doesn’t a person want that for oneself? I know people might say that these things are easily said rather than done. Yes, I know because I have listened to the many stories of my closest friends who have thought of doing so. That it just pains me deeply in my heart that because of these norms in the society, it made them to think to do such unforgivable acts at the stake of their lives.
I always plead them to change their mindset. Everyday I make it to a point to ask them how they are doing? how they are coping? Have they found another motivation? I tried every words and means to convince them; to make them realize that they are loved, valued, appreciated by their family and friends. To say whatever things just to put a stop to their recurring thoughts of death. But my approach seemed to be worthless. I believe that it is even not convincing. My attempt was futile.
They already know these things. They’re not dumb people who need constant reminding of the good things life has brought in their lives. What I believe are the things that they need is another person’s company; another person’s genuine love; another person’s understanding. They need someone who is willing to help them not judge them. They need someone who will listen to them and not criticize them. Let them tell you their sufferings. Be their comfort and shield in this harsh and crooked world. Be their strength.
Also, always offer the problems to the Lord Almighty, for by prayer and petition, a great change will happen. As the Lord has said:
“So do not fear, for I am with you’ do no be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – NIV Isaiah 41:10
What the Lord God only asks from us is our TRUST (Psalms 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”) — to surrender our lives to him for he is our creator and He knows what is best for us. More importantly, He knows the reason of our sufferings. He alone can reveal what these seasons/stages mean in our lives. He is the ONLY ONE who can reveal it AT THE RIGHT TIME.
There is time for everything,
and season for every activity under the heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV