Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word "suicide" as an act or instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally; or the ruin of one's own interests.
While we generally think of the first definition when the hear the word suicide, the second definition of ruining one's own interests may be the most prevailing. Let's discuss them in reverse...
How many times have it been said that we are own worst enemy.
“We are our own worst enemies. How banal and trite that sounds, but [...] have come to believe that all the greatest truths are trite and banal, when spoken aloud in their simplest and most honest terms. Perhaps they can only be imparted in the Cant, in a language which writes itself onto your heart so that you understand not just the words but all the shattering ramifications of of a sentence which, when heard without true understanding, seems quite risibly simplistic.
We only need to visit the scriptures to see how we can be our own worst enemy--how we commit spiritual suicide, material suicide, wellness suicide, political suicide, relationship suicide, and career and educational suicide.
We are our own worst enemies.
People die.” --- Hal Duncan
We commit these ruins or deaths by the negative thoughts we think and the poor choices that we make. Deuteronomy 30:19(kjv) reads, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:" Proverbs 12:28(kjv) relays that the way of righteousness is life and there is no pathway of death.
Don't put yourself down. Don't be lazy. Don't compare yourself to others. Don't put limits on when and what you can accomplish. Don't worry about people who do not like you and say mean things about you. Never believe you are not good enough. Create a budget and do not go over.
Most of all, believe!
Now, the taking of your own life.
I believe, this is just me, that at some point during the severe trials of life that everyone has experienced the thought of giving up. Just being too tired to fight anymore. Too tired to wake up, get up, speak up, and shake up. I know that I have when my husband went home to be with the LORD. But the Holy Spirit spoke to me one day and said you are either going to live, or you are going to die. I chose to live! I want you to choose to live. Yes, the world can suck. It can seem like a cesspool of mean people, lying politicians, corrupt leaders, thieves, insane policy, bigots, molesters, and Christian hypocrisy. But when you become saved, Jesus can change your viewpoint by helping you to see that He is with you always--fighting for you; that the world is awesome; that you are apart of something awesome; that there are good, beautiful people in the world who want to make the world a better place, like me!; that instead of removing yourself from this world voluntarily and removing all opportunities to brighten someone's day, to be a part of changing policy; and leaving a legacy of love, compassion, and positive example is nonsensical and irreversible.
Don't expect people to be good because often times you may be disappointed; but you be good. Be good to yourself, your love ones, and your community. Be the change that you would like to see changed.
We often speak of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life was taken because of these very ideals. His was a life that mattered. He was not the richest, the most handsomest, nor the greatest orator or philosopher, but he was educated not just formerly--but in the ways of righteousness.
Before you end your beautiful self, find a way to be a blessing--mentor a child, adopt a senior that could use help, volunteer to work with a charitable organization. Don't become a lonely slave to the demonic voices that keep you telling you that you are nothing and no one loves you. Jesus loves you, and so do I!
Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.