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Your Value and Hope are Not Decided By Holiday Circumstances

Compassionate Love Blog: Displaying compassion for those who fight mental illness, addiction, and abuse  (c)2018  Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministries

ngaw2pGCircumstances cannot choose for us how we think about ourselves. What I mean is, whatever is going on in life is not powerful enough to decide for us how to interpret our value or hope. 

That is because we are complex beings maneuvering through complicated lives. There is no all-this or all-that perception of the world that actually works. 

Wouldn’t it be easy if it did? Imagine if everything was categorized into right/wrong, healthy/unhealthy, and wise/foolish. What if all decisions were a simple matter of looking in a textbook? 

I don’t know. Sounds boring. It certainly takes the joy of freedom of thought out of the equation. One such freedom is the ability to choose how to perceive our value and hope and the value and hope of others. 

In answering a podcast host’s question today, I mentioned that the measure of our value and hope never changes. God’s love is constant, and his eternal promise is for all who believe on his Son Jesus. What flexes is our beliefs about ourselves, God, and the world around us.

Three questions

Here’s a challenge I try to do and invite you to join me.  When confronted with a sense of failure or lesser worth, or when hope begins to fades from view,  ask 3 questions:

Who is speaking this message to my brain? If it is a person, seriously, what is their problem? They are wrong. If the culprit is negative self-talk,  challenge the message. 

What is the meat of the message?  Is the worthless feeling coming from loss? Is the lack of hope coming from fear?  Knowing and focusing on the root issue helps us find ways of dealing with it. 

Is this who I want to be?  I was asked once if I wanted to be valued for being depressed or for finding something worthwhile to offer the world. Awareness of the choices we have – how to see ourselves, others, and God; who we want to be, and what steps we will take toward becoming that person – gives us power. Change is a possibility. Will we go for it? 

What is happening to us or around us cannot determine our value or hope. Value is inherent. Hope is always present.  Believe it. 

p3sR2m0Today’s Helpful Word

Lamentations 3:21-23

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”


NOTE:  I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental and behavioral health challenges.  In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S.  (for international emergency numbers, go here ), or go to your nearest emergency room. Do not be alone. Hope and help are yours.


*forest path pic by MIMICA; autumn sky by TACLUDA: both  on rgbstock.com

For more on today’s topic, see  How to Gain and Maintain a Mindset of Hope 

Superficial Treatment for a Mortal Wound

Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness   (c)2014 Nancy Virden

photo-24784637-praying-businessmanAnyone can recover from Major Depression. Anyone.

Just as mental illness will affect 1 in 4 persons this year without prejudice, so recovery does not depend on religion, gender, social status, race, lifestyle, age, education, financial stability, or any other divider of persons.

My message to those who struggle emotionally has been, “Stay alive! There is hope!” To supports and potential supports I’ve said, “Learn to understand! Be present without judgment!”

Myriad educational resources on the topics of mental illness, suicide prevention, addiction, and abuse have come to my attention. None has come up with a solution to school shootings, mass murder, inexplicable traumatic events, war, or any other human atrocity.

Have we settled for less than the complete answer to our pain and hopelessness? The human race is suffering from a mortal wound. We can learn to think more clearly, behave effectively, and manage our emotions. What we cannot do is change the state of our powerlessness over evil.

Hope has to be eternal if we are going to face this fact with peace or joy.  When I attempted suicide, pain was defining my life’s value.  Past and present suffering served as ‘proof’ that the future held no good worth facing inevitable agony.

I was wrong.

Value in living is found in something far greater than me or my few years on earth. There is a divine plan I can choose to participate in or reject. God made a way for eternal hope, a forever-with-him-in-paradise hope. He sent his son Jesus, who professed publicly to be the only way to God, truth with a capital T, and our source of life itself.

Through his utter absence of wrong-doing as both fully God and fully human, Jesus became the only one ever eligible to take the punishment for human evil by paying with his life. Because of his compassionate love for us, we can choose to believe and celebrate our future. Will life get easier? Not likely.

Yet our mortal wound will be forever healed.


NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental health care.

If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help can be yours.

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