This morning, as I was doing my daily routine, I saw that Tony Scott, director of Top Gun and Man on Fire, committed suicide. A couple of thoughts immediately hit me.
First, I was sad to hear it. I enjoyed most of Tony Scott’s movies. He was a very talented director, and received quite a bit of commercial success. It was sad to hear of his death.
Secondly, I felt convicted. Though its tragic news, its tragic when anyone tries to commit or commits suicide. Tony Scott had a national news story about him, because he was a successful director. However, its not any less tragic when a normal everyday Joe decides that things can’t get better and the only way out is death. It is horrible.
Thirdly, I thought about how this is another example of how being a commercial success can’t give us purpose. Being a critical success can’t even give us purpose. If we depend on our successes to give us purpose, then we will be crushed with the expectations. Even as Christians, we can find ourselves wanting rest in our laurels. It is good, right, and biblical to encourage one another. It is wrong to live for that encouragement. Sooner or later, you’ll slip up and then everyone will be disappointed.
And that’s okay.
Jesus died on the cross to fulfill the requirements of the law. Paul wrote that no man was righteous without Christ. When we slip up, there’s a Savior that comes and tells us to cast our cares on Him and take His burden because it is light.
There’s always a way out of the pit of despair besides suicide. The hard truth is that there are a lot of people who have thought about taking that way out. One of the best things you can do is talk about it with someone. You can pray about to Jesus, but His answer might be, “Talk to someone.” The worst thing you can do is isolate yourself in that situation.
Here’s a pretty straight-forward song about suicide written by Emery. The story behind the song is that they would get fans come up to them and say, “I was thinking about killing myself until I heard your song. You saved my life.” So they wrote a song relating to that directly: