There are certain people who stand out in history as being literally ‘hell-bent’ on destroying themselves. They run swiftly to destruction.
They might well have sought help on innumerous occasions along the way. Because something inside them rings the alarm bells that warn them, they are against all reason on their chosen path.
Maybe its a pop star (doesn’t have to be of course!) whose performances manifest a deep, deep cry for help. As though they cast themselves on the audience to be loved and accepted and ‘redeemed’.
The public’s reinforcement comes with all kinds of reasons that are given as to why their performance is fantastic, exceptional, – ‘something else’.
There’s a kind of ‘don’t give a damn’ bravado that is admired, and reinforced by manic adulation from the crowd.
Who needs censorship, we are free. No rules, no obligations, no self-respect.
The adjectives could be heaped up both to describe their attitude and mind-set, and to ‘justify’ all manner of behaviour.
In fact leave us all to our own devices and we can justify anything. Anything we do, anything we say, anything we inflict on others. No travel guide for direction.
Yet anarchy – as in using the term in a limited way to mean ‘no law’ simply produces another law.
Humans will always ‘accuse’ or ‘excuse’ the behaviour of one another, so we cannot escape censorship.
All can become ‘a law unto themselves’.
…who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them…
Who becomes the arbitrator, who provides the bench mark, who decides in the many shades of grey, and in the difficult situations in which answers are not easily found?
The voice of reason and conscience can become so faint that something else rules.
It’s commonly called selfishness, abbreviated to the term sin.
Those driven to self destruct, are often people (are they not?) who see the world’s mess clearly, and consider the only way to handle or respond to the mess we call ‘life’ is to give ourselves over to everything and anything without discriminating between right and wrong.
There’s so much hypocrisy anyway, let’s just have a blast.
Driven, running wild, promiscuous, addicted, confused, maybe all because you were not prepared to ‘play’ at life, not prepared to be half hearted about anything. Riotous living to an extreme.
Problem is – it’s your life. No one cares as you should. No one else is in your skin.
Sometimes we see it that those who have played the drink, drugs, and rock n roll lifestyle game, gain through their pain, an understanding that it’s not the way to go.
So ‘Pull yourself together?’
Not really enough that – is it ?
Tear yourself apart, or pull yourself together.
– Or – cast yourself upon.
I Peter 5/6-7 : Therefore humble yourselves, under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time. CASTING all your care upon him for He cares for you.
Despite the 1001 reasons and multitudes of thoughts within you, that scream out your hopelessness, get down, get crying, get waiting, get looking in faith, get calling on the name of Jesus Christ in sincerity, and stay there until He comes.
Hey – I’m no Professor, I might look like one, but I’m not. Yet I truly believe that’s the best advice you can receive.
Im talking prayer. Im talking faith – weak as it is. Im talking – taking Christ at His word. Go for it!
Leave the place of self-destruct for good.