I once had a friend who was thinking and talking suicidal. He was an awesome person, in my mind, and I knew nothing of why he would want to stop being so. Something he said one time scared me, so I spent the night praying for him and writing down reasons he should want to live. I wanted to send them to him, but something kept me from sending this list in my messages to him. That was almost a year ago. I found the little blue sheet of paper today as I was cleaning out my closet and here is what I wrote that night. (I almost always change names of real people in my blog, fyi.)
1. No one can write your story for you; you have to live it to finish it!
2. What would Alena [girlfriend] do without you?
3. Your high school band needs your trumpeting skills.
4. Two words—driver’s license.
5. It’s hard to play a PS3 lying down.
6. Your mom would ground you for life.
7. They don’t play music in cemeteries.
8. Braces aren’t biodegradable.
9. Six feet of earth is pretty heavy.
10. What if they don’t serve breakfast?
11. Your grades would plummet.
12. God loves you.
13. Your family loves you.
14. You sure you’re ready for Judgment Day? Satan’s not exactly the kind of guy you want to
spend eternity with.
15. I kind of doubt birds sing, crickets hum or stars shine in coffins.
16. You don’t want to make girls cry, do ya?
17. There are no “Dier’s Ed” classes to take.
18. Not very many hot girls live through death.
19. It’s hard to smell bacon cooking or bread baking over stenches like that.
20. Flashlights are hard to take with you.
21. The people in your life would miss you.
22. I’d miss you.
23. No Facebook access is a pretty tough blow.
24. It’s difficult to learn something new every day when all you do is lie there. Very boring.
25. Glasses and contacts aren’t allowed.
26. No one cooks like momma.
27. How many angels know how to bake chocolate chip cookies?
28. Rocks don’t make very good pillows.
29. How could you live without maple bar doughnuts!?
30. Not very many pop bands perform for funerals.
31. You should never regret who you are—that’s to regret God’s image and work.
He’s still alive today. If you’re reading this—I think you know who you are—know that I hope you stay alive for a long time to come.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; to give you a hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11