TOPIC: SUICIDE AFTER FAILURE: REMEMBER THE 3 ’DS‘
BASIC SCRIPTURE: JOB 2 : 1-1
Sometime ago, tragedy struck at the Police College in Lagos, Nigeria. Some police officers took promotion exams to move on to the next rank. Among those who took the exams was a young man who was to be promoted from the rank of sergeant to inspector. The young officer was said to have committed suicide when he learnt that he had failed the promotion exams. Preliminary investigations revealed that the officer had taken some drugs and died. His body was found in his car with the drugs he took littered around him.
Homicide detectives who were invited, did some investigations and ordered that this body should be taken to the morgue of the State Teaching Hospital. That was how the young officer ended his life. Ever before this happened and thereafter, the world has witnessed many bizarre actions taken by people in the face of some seeming disappointment or perceived difficulty/challenge of life. Just very recently, a young man who had taken the Nigerian university entry exams several times without success took a decision to end his life.
Another young man, a university undergraduate committed suicide by drowning and left a note behind. The reason he did so is still unknown. Another one took his life because he performed poorly in his academics. And yet another person set a whole house and family ablaze leading to the death of 7 people because of a relationship that went sour. The list is just inexhaustible. There are facts of life which no one can run away from. One of such facts is that life is full of ups and downs.
This world is a place of challenges. This fact was stated by Papa Job in Job 14:1 – ’Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.‘ Frank A. Clark said, ’If you find a path that is without obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. ‘When life’s ’ups and downs‘ come, you have to take them as normal experiences that people go through to succeed. An anonymous person wrote this, ’Failure defeats losers but inspires winners.‘ Someone else said, ’In all areas from mental to financial to academics to spiritual and to any aspect of life you could think of, nothing great can ever be achieved without facing some challenge or risk.‘ As 2020 ends, always remember the ’3 Ds‘ – Dream, Desire and Determination! Yes! It takes a dream to get started, desire to keep going and determination to finish! Hold on and hold out!
ODM PRAYER POINTS FOR TODAY 22ND OCTOBER 2020.
1. Take Song 2: My faith looks up…
2. In your own words, pray about today’s word as led.
3. I receive grace to stay with the 3 Ds. I shall hold on to my dreams and be determined to conclude my desires in Jesus name.
4. Every power waiting for me at the bus-stop of my deliverance, you shall wait in vain in Jesus name (Pray it for 3 days and 3 nights till you have peace to stop). Pray about today!
Our Daily Manna also known as ODM is written by Bishop Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe. It is a daily devotional booklet that started in the form of a Daily prayer guide for church members and brethren in a form of two printed sheets.