I am sad tonight. I read a post earlier from a young woman who just about broke my heart. But she’s not the only one. I’ve read a lot of these posts lately as I want to expand my knowledge of how people experience their particular depression. especially younger people.This young woman was a very talented writer. She shared her pain exquisitely. That’s the part that always surprises me. The people who are hating themselves and their lives the most have so much going for them.
I just wish I could wrap my arms around them and tell them everything is going to be OK. I can’t, of course, because I don’t know that. So much of their life and it’s outcomes are in their own hands but they don’t see that. They don’t know that they are the ones who determine the course of their future. They’re giving other people that power not realizing that lasting happiness lies within them.
I’d like to tell them God loves them without conditions and without reservation. But when you’re in that much pain, you’re probably not going to believe it anyway. What they need is someone to walk along side them and show them how God loves them.
I guess I’m writing this tonight to encourage anyone who reads this to reach out to someone who is hurting. It isn’t easy. Sometimes helping others hurts us.Sometimes we have to end the relationship because we are only a “dumping off” place. They have no intention of working on their issues. Been there. Done that. Would do it again, anyway.
There are a lot of hurting people in this world. It’s worth the effort.