I am thinking about beloved actor, Robin Williams, as I write this article. He had everything – money, fame, family, friends and much more and yet he came to a breaking point and took his own life. I can’t express the sadness in my heart that someone who gave so much to the world did this. It makes no sense to ask why because we cannot understand the brokenness of another’s soul but it raises the question: Where can one turn when one’s life spirals down towards a breaking point?
If you lose your job after many years of employment and cannot find new employment, or your marriage of many years ends or you lose everything because of your race or religious beliefs, where do you turn to? Escaping into the pleasures of life or indulging in substances like alcohol or drugs may temporarily bring relief but they cannot permanently resolve the deepest woes of our souls.
I can only write from my own life experience of facing a breaking point. I was in the height of my life working as an Information Technology professional, earning more income than I had ever imagined earning, travelling to places I had dreamed of visiting, enjoying family and friendships and acquiring many things that gave me pleasure when the breaking point hit with the words of a neurosurgeon who told me I had the world’s largest pituitary brain tumour and a 20%-50% chance of survival.
I was a Christian who believed in Jesus Christ but I had let my career and other interests consume my life leaving me very little time to think about God outside of Sunday church. With an emergency surgery pending in four days, I went to the only place I knew would bring me hope and peace ~ the word of God. I survived that tumour and today I consider it a gift because it made me re-examine what my life was about. I gave up that career and changed my life focus to one where God’s will for me became my priority. A decision I have never regretted despite the fact that my life is a lot less affluent and my wallet is much thinner.
Jesus asked a very important question that is worth pondering:For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37).
Every breaking point is an opportunity to choose to let go of what we have allowed to consume our lives. Instead of worrying and sinking into the depths of despair, we need to see every adversity as a second chance to step out of our comfort zones and to look at our lives differently. Letting go of the glim and glam of life can actually bring more joy and peace. It takes so very little to sustain our life when we separate ourselves from what the world says is important to be and possess. I can personally attest to this.
If you are facing a breaking point in your life, I hope you will have the courage to seek the love of the One whose grace is always reaching out to embrace us in our broken places. Jesus died, arose again, and was resurrected to establish a new covenant of Grace, where anyone who believes in Him and repents of their sin can be saved and receive a new hope to overcome and be victorious. Here are more words that Jesus spoke that are worth thinking about:Do Not Worry (Luke 12:22-23, 25-26): Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes… Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution (Luke 21:10,11; 17-19): Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven….You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives. The Coming of the Son of Man (Luke 21:25-28): “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”