I was recently told the story of a 12-year-old girl, Katelyn, who live-streamed her suicide. I heard this story two weeks ago and can not get it out of my mind. It breaks my heart. This story moved me to look up statistics about suicide and I was shocked. Everyday in the US 121 people commit suicide and recently that number is on the rise (The New York Times). The question that has been rattling through my brain is, "What can I do?" I can't change what happened to Katelyn, but I can help someone going through a similar situation. I've been praying, asking God how I can help and the following is what He placed on my heart.
Get your eyes off of yourself.
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4
We live in a world that is consumed with self. God is calling us to look beyond our selves and see the hurting around us. When God shows you these people don't be afraid to ask them the tough questions. Ask them how they're really doing. Ask them what's going on at home. Ask them if you can pray for them. These seemingly awkward questions could radically change someone's life.
Stop wasting time.
Victor Hugo once said, "Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time."
Most of the time we spend could be doing something for God, but instead we spend it making excuses. We tell God we can't go talk to that person because we're too busy. Stop making excuses and start doing something. When you get to heaven and God asks you why you didn't tell someone about Jesus no excuse will work.
Today ask God to help you get your eyes off of yourself and onto others. Ask Him to give you the words to speak life into someone else. Tell everyone you can about God's great love. Don't let what happened to Katelyn happen again. Today you can change someone's life and it starts by stepping out of your comfort zone.