Robin Williams, Laughter, Depression and Death

8/11/14

Statistics are pretty impressive when it comes to death. One out of every one person will die.

Death is shocking, isn’t it?

And yet, when we read or hear about the death of someone, one of the first reactions is unbelief and then sadness & perhaps, grief.

Maybe, it is because deep down we know that death is somewhat final and we’d like to believe that it is not real.

Perhaps, it is more shocking when we read that a celebrity such as Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide. How can someone who made so many people laugh & giggle for such a long time, have such a tragic ending?

Reports suggest that Mr. Williams suffered from depression and drug use in the past.

We are not immune to these kind of issues.  Trials, tribulations, heartache, disappointments and sorrows are a part of life. Sometimes, issues are so bad that we feel like we would rather be dead.

The laughs & smiles may have been on the outside but perhaps on the inside, Robin was a man with heart trouble.

Jesus’ prescription for troubled hearts is found in the book of John chapter 14.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so,  I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.” ~ John 14:1-4 NKJV

Death is the great equalizer & none of us are immune to it.

One day you and I are going to die. The question is: Do you know that you will be in the prepared place in Heaven that Jesus speaks about?

Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people — those who have put their faith & trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins.

Contrary to popular opinion, not everyone goes to Heaven. When you die, you will go to one of two places that begin with the letter “H”.

For the believer, death is not final; but it is the continuation of life in Heaven. For the unbeliever, it is the continuation of “life” in Hell.

So, even while life may have it’s downs, you can have a promised hope that one day they will be over & Heaven is your destination. Where there is no more pain.

But you have to repent if you are living a life of sin & rebellion towards God. Then you must put your faith & trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins.

It’s yours for the asking.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” ~ John 14:6 NKJV


Devotional contributor: Samuel Chavez

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