Kate Spade, an iconic designer, was at the top of her game. Sought after and highly revered, she had the world at her fingertips. Yet beneath the glitter and glam, darkness lurked. Its deadly whisper eclipsed the truth and suffocated her joy. Depression’s whisper snowballed until Kate succumbed to the avalanche of lies and took her own life.
Her success and fame didn’t buy her lasting happiness, or deep contentment, or abiding peace.
This makes me sad.
I can sympathize with Kate as I too suffer from depression’s relentless grip. In fact, I’m just coming out of a stretch of it myself. It descends upon me unaware and un-welcomed.
Like toxic fumes leaking into a room, dark thoughts seep into my thinking skewing reality. Depression is a thief. It is a liar. And sometimes . . . those dark thoughts even flirt with suicidal thoughts.
But it also makes me mad.
Deaths like Kate Spade and Robin Williams not only snatch them away from their loved ones, they glamorize suicide. We wrongly think that if they were so successful and chose to end it all with suicide, it must be ok.
No! Suicide is not ok. The thought and act of suicide is from the pit, from the evil one. Jesus warned us that, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10)
The evil one wants to steal our joy.
The evil one wants to kill anything beautiful in our lives.
The evil one wants to destroy us.
Those three facts together define everything leading up to and including the act of suicide. The evil one is such a bully.
So I’ll tell you the truth I wish I could’ve shared with Kate Spade.
You, precious one, are loved with an everlasting love. You are enough because of Jesus’s completed work on the cross.
You are not defined by your successes or failures of this life, but by who God says you are when you are His child: loved, forgiven, chosen, redeemed, holy, righteous.
You are wanted. Bask on that. When we feel unwanted by man, we are wanted by God.
Depression is hard. Yes, it can be debilitating, but suicide is NOT the answer.
Jesus is, only Jesus. He alone is our hope. He alone is our help. He alone is life.
Lean into Him for`His peace is stronger than depression. His love is deeper than depression. His joy defeats depression’s death grip.
Anything you are believing that contradicts with this truth is a lie.
You must fight the lies with truth. Allow the truth of God’s Word to flush out the lies of the enemy of your soul. Read Truth, listen to Truth, and speak Truth to your soul.
Fight, Kate, fight! Choose life, the abundant life found only in Jesus!
Praying for you,
Unfortunately I wasn’t privy to speak this truth into Kate’s life. But I can speak this truth into your life. Since truth is truth, the truth I wish I could’ve shared with Kate Spade is true for you, also!
My friend, if you are overcome with depression and/or anxiety, there is help!
1. Immediate help can be found at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24/7, free and confidential resource, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) <or> text "TN" to 741741
2. Cry out to Jesus. He said He came to give abundant life in John 10:10, so ask Him to show you how to attain it. And then do it!
As I was writing this, a song by for King and Country called "It's Not Over Yet" kept coming to mind. Laura attached it below. Please read and listen to the life-giving lyrics.
If you would like us to pray for you, please message us. We would be honored to kneel by your side. But most of all, lean into Jesus. He, precious one, is your knight in shining armor.
Fight, friend, fight! I’m praying for you!
Other posts about depression:
Titanic no more
How thankfulness helps heal depression - part 1
How thankfulnesss helps heal depression - part 2