There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction
"I wonder what they're talking about?"
Janet thought as she seated two rows behind the popular girls at church. They were dressed in the latest trend of clothes, they had make up, and they were in the body shape many teen girls longed to have.
One of the girls got up, and left the laughing group. She had golden brown hair, and beautiful eyes. But in her eyes there was sadness and hurt. Janet saw this as the girl passed her by.
Janet felt pity for her. The girl had the trendiest clothes, she had everything to make herself look like a model, and she had the body shape many girls wanted, but the girl was not happy. Janet saw that this girl needed a friend, so she quickly got up and followed where she went.
Janet searched all over the church for this girl, but she could not find her. Finally, when she was about to give up, Janet saw a distant figure at the bridge crossing to the forest.
Janet ran as fast as she could. When Janet got there, the girl was about to jump of the bridge and plunge into the freezing river water.
"STOP! Don't do it!" Janet screamed as she rushed to pull the girl back to the bridge.
Janet and the girl landed hard on the bridge, but neither of them were hurt very bad.
"Why did you go after me?" The girl asked weakly as she propped herself up.
"I saw that you needed a friend to talk to." Janet replied after she caught her breath.
"None of my friends knew how I was feeling. I felt so depressed about my life that I came here to end it." The girl said softly.
"Well, I'm your friend." Janet said happily.
"Thanks. My name is Elisa Camden; what's yours?" Elisa said as she stood up.
"My name is Janet Felipe."
The two girls talked as they went back to church, and Janet was thankful that she got to the bridge in time. Although she was cold and bruised, all that mattered to Janet was: Elisa was still alive. Janet smiled, and whispered, "Thank you, God for using me to save someone from death."
Although this is a story, you can prevent suicide from happening. Be the friend who can be depended on when your friends are in stormy parts of life. Let that person know you care for him or her. If you thought about killing yourself, talk to someone you trust---God, your parents, or your friends. Suicide is never a solution, but God is the solution.