Love… Self… Freedom: Part 1… Isolation

It’s about 11:35pm and I just read an article about a 39 year old man who did a YouTube video. He apologized to family and friends.

Billy Knight, former UCLA basketball player, said in his own words, “This is probably my last message on Earth”. Phoenix fire department found him on a roadway around 2:45 am, dead of what is believe to be suicide. One or many are left with so many questions, but the one question that we all ask, why? Mental illness nothing to pass over. It is indeed real. And left unchecked, it will lead to disastrous events.

In many cases of suicide, you see so many angles; the person is quiet, the person never gives the illusion that something is wrong, the person is “loud” with the issues, and etc. But a huge concern for anyone that is suicidal, is isolation.

The definition of isolate is to be or remain alone or apart from others. Essentially to cut off. In some cases isolation can be a good thing. Sometimes God may require you to isolated yourself from others so He can have your attention solely. But there are times when being isolate can be a negative. Many people may choose to isolate themselves from everyone else, because of differences, embarrassment, not knowing what’s going on, and so on. It is unfortunate when one that suffers from depression and becomes isolated. Talk about a dangerous combination.

Life can be rough. Life can and will make you question your very existence at times. To the point you feel that you are alone. Alone from the standpoint that no one else can understand the pain you wrestle with, the past you hold onto, the self doubts, the self deprivation and self deprecation. All of these things and more when make you even start to question is this life worth living anymore.

But God…

Amazing, God will kindly remind us, that we are created in His Own Image. He will remind us that we are not alone… As a matter of fact, check out what else thinks about you:

“I am the Creator and you are my creation. I breathed into your nostrils the breath of life.” Genesis 2:7

“My eyes saw your unformed substance.” Psalm 139:16 … “I knit you together in your mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

Seriously y’all… we feel that we are all alone in our issues, our isms, our sins, our sadness, our anger, our desolate place, and yet God reminds us not only is He here… He loves us…

Have you ever stopped to ask “What does God think about me? Who does He say I am?”

“And yet, in my great love, I gave my unique Son, that all those who believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

You see… God has a special love for each of us… He loves us beyond any and everything… And as it was said in Genesis, God saw what He made and saw it was good.

So while we feel that we are in isolation… know that God loves you… know that He is with you always… Let God in on your isolation… Let Him keep you company… I can guarantee that life won’t look so bleak. It’ll be a challenge, absolutely… but it’ll be worth it.

I urge anyone that is wrestling with suicide, depression, and mental illness… please know that God will welcome you with open arms. Also, please make the effort to get help. Therapist… counselor… or someone that will provide clear thinking. Let the spiritual guidance and natural guidance help you to become the person you are to be.

Be blessed… Stay tuned for Part 2. Worth…