I write tonight from a heavy heart. Not because anything is wrong with me, really. My heart is heavy today for those who feel like they have no hope. Those who feel they have no where else turn turn but to drugs, alcohol, or unhealthy relationships in order to feel better. I know this feeling because I have been there. I have tried everything possible to find a way to fill the void, the longing in my heart. I've seen this happen to the best people and all it took were situations like the loss of a job, the death of a parent, or even a divorce for them to just snap and become a skeleton of who they once were.
I've seen this happen recently with someone I've known for quite a few years. Someone who I once saw as happy, funny, and content with life. Today, this person is sitting in a jail cell waiting to hear where life will lead next. This person is not the same person I knew. This person was hit by life and just broke down. Life happens each day to every single one of us - the car won't start, the washer is broken, we're late for work, we don't have enough money to pay the bills. How much can we take before we just break down?
I don't know the answer to that question. I do know that it hurts my heart to see people I love and care about give up on living.
After turning to drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy relationships I had no where else to turn but to Jesus. My life has not been perfect, I still make MANY mistakes, but I know where to find Hope. A Hope that will never leave me no matter where I am in life. My prayer is that others, including my friend, will find that Hope also.