I put this under the category of "You just never know." Do you remember when Chase Bryant played at Touch of Texas on Upper Front Street in Binghamton? He was here in 2017 and he did an awesome job.

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Who would have guessed that just a year later that Bryant would try to kill himself? It was nothing short of the grace of God that prevented him from taking his life. He realized that it was a miracle that saved him and now he wants to save the lives of others.

He had let depression and alcohol take over his life when things weren't going his way any longer. He believed at the time that this was his only way out. When you are in it, it can feel like that is the only answer.

There is a saying "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." I realize that some people don't like that saying and that can be a discussion for another time.

Chase started to believe that he was a superhero when his first two singles made it into the top ten. His next two songs didn't do nearly as well and it started him down a road that put him in a ditch.

In 2018, he put six bullets in his gun and said, "God, if you're real and you're listening to me, I need help." You can read about what happened next, it's a little graphic but worth the read.

He realized that he was given a second chance and doesn't want to blow it. I believed he found out something that we all can learn and that is we need to take the focus off of ourselves.

I find that when I start listening to the conversations in my head, it's not usually about the good that I might be doing. It's about what I'm doing wrong and not measuring up. I'm sure during this pandemic, many of us have had that same conversation.

I know it's not the power of me that gets me through the tough times and Chase probably would give you a similar answer. I go here to find my strength to get me through what may be troubling me.

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T GO IT ALONE! You can always contact the Suicide  Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-Talk (8255) where someone is there to talk to any time day or night.

You were made on purpose for a purpose and as Chase Bryant said "Life is too short, don't make it any shorter."



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