Hello, my name is Preston Folchert, I am an 18-year-old teen Christian from Casper, Wyoming and have been a Christian ever since I can remember. Nonetheless, my life has not been easy. My parents are big influencers on my faith and I got saved when I was 9 years old.
I hadn’t had many hardships but then I moved to another state; didn’t see many of my friends, had a few loved ones pass away, and had trouble in school.
When it came to my sophomore year of high school I had many friends and family leave my life and it was a hard blow that drove me to suicidal thoughts and actions.
I had 14 failed suicide attempts in just one year and cut a lot. I tell you all this to tell you how I overcame the lie I believed that my life had no meaning. The first thing I did and would recommend anyone who has similar thoughts is to tell someone.
It can be a parent, a close friend, a trusted adult mentor, or anyone else you feel most comfortable telling. I told my youth pastor and he and another friend of his helped me talk through what I was feeling and ultimately stop the feeling of nothingness. I had trapped inside me and revealed God’s truth that he has for everyone which is you are loved and cared for by him and many others.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”John 15:13, the greatest love is sacrifice and that’s exactly what is shown in John 3:16 it says “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”He gave His only son Jesus, the person who meant the most to Him in the entire universe, to a place filled with sinful people to be tortured, beaten, made fun of, and tormented all to save the lost human race.”
In 1 John 4:10 it says “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” God didn't just send Jesus because we all love God and deserved to be saved but rather God loved us so much he showed mercy and sent Jesus to redeem us when we were not worthy.
Now I say all of this just to give you a little hint of all the love God has shown for you, your friends, and all the other people of the world. Jesus went through the most painful experiences most people could ever think of. Just to save you and all the other people of the world then he must have some giant wonderful plan for you! I don’t know what it is; you may not know what it is, but God does and he is smiling down on you with a love that cannot be explained.
I also know that many people are scared that they’ll go back to their old ways after their suicidal thoughts/actions stop. Keep talking to others about your feelings and pray a lot to God,“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” Mark 11:24, the power of prayer is immeasurable and if you ask for no more suicidal thoughts and you believe you’ve received it then you have; the same goes for anything else you pray for and believe you’ve received.
I asked God for peace from my suicidal feelings/actions and haven’t had any problems with it since. I hope you had fun at camp and that you’ll continue your faith through your years.
Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 5:28, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, John 16:33, 1 Peter 5-7, Philippians 4:6, Romans 12:12, Revelation 21:4, Jeremiah 1:5, and 1 John 4:18.
—Preston Folchert, Casper PHASED IN student—