By Tommy Rush

Everyday we hear sad stories of tragic deaths. One of those stories this week was the death of a young lady named Chelsie Krysts. Miss Krysts in 2019 was crowned Miss USA, a 30 years old who left behind many family members and friends who loved her. New reports indicated that she took her life by jumping from her 60th floor apartment balcony right after leaving an Instagram post expressing that she hoped her death would provide everyone with rest and peace.

I don’t know or claim to know the details of why this young lady felt so hopeless and discouraged. I do know that we live in a world filled with people who feel a sense of hopelessness and despair. I also know that it is very easy to allow these thoughts and feelings to rob us of life and peace if we are not careful. It is never good to allow hopeless thoughts such as“I can’t do anything right,” “Life is meaningless,” It’s always my fault,” or “God could never love me” to settle in our mind.

David, who wrote many of the Psalms, had many difficulties and problems in his life but he shared some words in Psalm 139 that indicate how he lived a life of hope and praise. Beginning with verse 1, he wrote: “O Lord, You have searched me and You know me … You are familiar with all my ways … You created my inner being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful … All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

God has uniquely made each one of us. There’s a life, there’s a plan, there’s a future that has your name on it and only your name. You are an original designed by God! Focus your mind and heart on the blessing of this truth rather than living each day constantly comparing your life to the lives of others.

If you are struggling with feelings of hopeless and worth today, I Peter 1:18-20 is a great word to fix your mind on, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to your from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, the lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” You are loved! God made you. God loves you. He died for you, and He wants you to know the life He has planned for you!