Inspiration: Psalm 16:8 NIV – I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Inspiration: Karen Clark Sheard & Kierra Sheard – The Will of God
Yesterday I learned of the news of two Fraternity Brothers that has passed on from this world; Terrell Evan Cowherd and Lee Thompson Young. Two young men who had so much life to live. While I didn’t know either personally, my heart grieves because I can’t imagine what their families and loved ones are dealing with now. I’ll speak more to Lee. It is said that he committed suicide. SMH… many will ask the question, “What leads someone to do such an act? How does one get in such a dark place that they cannot come out?”
Well… I will say this… when one allows the weight of the world and depression to pull them down, sometimes one will be led to believe that is the only option. I know all too well about being in that dark place. It’s not fun. It’s cold. You are left wondering, what’s the point in life?
And then… there’s but God…
Interesting that I would read this article during this month. Eight years ago during August… I thought about that option of suicide. Wanting to live up to the expectations of everyone… pleasing everyone… and losing a grip on God’s Love. And when I didn’t think there was any hope left, The Holy Spirit presented a familiar option… “Come to me…”
The sudden death of Lee went public because of his fame. There are stories of other celebrities that have done the same thing. But what about the many unfamed souls out there? Satan is steadily trying to diminish the army of God. There are even those now… looking in that mirror… contemplating if they want to end their lives.
But I want to tell you this… Don’t give in… Don’t give up. The worst situation in your lives will be surpassed by a situation even worse… And even with the left-field experiences… know that God will provide a way for escape. It may not come initially, but don’t worry about that. Since 2005, I have realized that in every situation… to stop and hear for the voice of God. To ask myself… How would Christ handle this?
Do not allow your soul to be sold to a being that did not create it. God created you and me for His Glory… In all that we endure in this life… know that Christ made the ultimate sacrifice… In His Sacrifice, every pain, every mistake, every setback has been covered. Know that you will be talked about. Know that you may have to endure things that others could not even begin to imagine.. But also realize, that every trial and tribulation has been covered by His Blood and The Blood Still Prevails…
I know Charles, Terrance, Colin and I joke about this song… but real talk… the Safest Place is in The Will of God… It may be on the battlefront or in the prison walls of your mind, but wherever it is… If God says Go… Put your trust in Him…Stand on His Word… Grow in Relationship with Him… Let Go… and Go Boldly in Jesus Christ to discover your true identity.