Come Near And I Will Shoot Myself

depressed man sitting against the light reflected in the water

I’ll never forget a man who just found out his wife of several years was leaving him for another man. He was devastated to say the least. His emotions really got the best of him. He made threats he didn’t mean and did things he would never do in his right mind.

Things got so bad that cops were on the ground and helicopters were in the air searching for him. He was considered armed and dangerous. But, I knew deep down he just felt scared and hopeless.

During this all out man hunt, my phone rang. To my surprise it was this devastated man. He said, “Craig, I’m about to end it all. And, if anyone comes near I will shoot myself. I don’t have anything left to live for anyway!”

We exchanged many words. But, then God prompted me to ask the following. I said, “My friend what about those boys of yours? They would be heartbroken if you left them so early in their lives.” I said, “Do you have your wallet with you?” He said, “Yes, Why?” I said, “Open up your wallet and see if you have any pictures of your boys.”

Next thing I know I’m hearing nothing but a grown man weeping. You see, he was looking at a picture of his youngest son. He realized at that moment that he still had a purpose to exist. He was then driven to live another day and hold on for another moment.

He would soon agree to meet me and some officers for his arrest. Today, those boys still have their loving father as part of their life. All because a man realized a purpose to live in the midst of his darkest hour.

Purpose is a powerful thing. It gives us a reason to wake up each day. When it comes to our God-given purpose it’s not something we create, but we discover. God’s purpose and plans always trump our best ideas. We simply need to seek God’s will with all our heart and soul. God will reveal His plans for your life through His word, His spirit, other people, and even life circumstances. I pray you settle for nothing less than God’s best.

(Ephesians 2:10)(NIV)For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

(Proverbs 19:21)(NIV)Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Join Pastor Craig any Sunday 9:15am or 11am @ the Colleton Rec Center. Find out more about his church and listen to his sermons by going to

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