Where the Real Tragedy Lies
The world is currently locked in the the grips of mourning over the death of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Many say the “tragic death” of Carrie Fisher because she was relatively young and her death was unexpected.
I must say, with no disrespect to Carrie Fisher or her family, the tragedy was in her life, not her death. When I heard of her death, I told the Lord I hoped she was with Him and finally at peace. When you see pictures of Carrie Fisher over the last 10 or 15 years, I see a tortured soul, it is all in her face. And of course when you read about her life, you know she suffered from substance abuse/addiction, mental illness and many failed relationships.
I say her life was tragic because she never found that peace that surpasses all understanding. She accepted her mental illness and her addiction as part of her life, as part of who she was and well, that simply is not the way to live. I understand that those thoughts allowed her to stay clean and to stay medicated for her bipolar disorder. And that is wonderful in itself.
But there is a more excellent way to live. If you or someone you love struggles with addiction or mental illness, I must tell you that you do not have to live at the mercy of these diseases for the rest of your life. You do not have to live in fear of relapse or be chained to medication regimens just to function. For those of you who choose this route, God bless you! Do what you have to do to stay clean and stay safe!
But also know there is another level of liberty out there for you if you choose it. This is what Jesus did for you:
“He certainly has taken upon himself our suffering and carried our sorrows, but we thought that God had wounded him, beat him, and punished him. He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds.” (Isaiah 53: 4-5).
Jesus took on your addiction, mental illness, physical illness or whatever plagues you so that you would not have to carry it. When you confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you literally release all the pain and struggles of addiction, mental illness and disease over to your Savior to carry.
Deliverance from mental illness and addiction and any other kind of disease is real when you put your faith and trust in God through Jesus Christ. Carrie Fisher claimed bipolar disorder as her disease, as part of who she would be until the day she died. And it ended up being that way for her. But you do not have to claim any ungodly thing like addiction or mental illness. You do not have to spend the rest of your life saying you are an addict, through the power of God, you can tell people you used to be but are no more! The real tragedy in life lies in not living your purpose because of burdens you do not have to carry.
Carrie Fisher became an advocate for mental illness, bringing attention to what can happen when these things are dealt with in one’s life. In the same vain, I am an advocate for Jesus Christ. I was delivered from years of depression and anxiety. Through prayer and faith, God transformed my life and showed me my purpose and I have never looked back.
I have good days and bad days like everyone else. But the difference is now I know it is just a bad day. It is not my life, it is not who I am. And I have all these tools now to get through the difficult days. I can pray and worship and read the Word of God and instantly feel relief and even get a solution to the problem I was facing. That is a long ways away from my life before Christ where I would just sulk into a corner and give up.
So today I say don’t give up! Call on Jesus and make Him your Savior. Give over to Him everything that hinders your happiness and success. Jesus can and will set you free if you just believe!
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