Lies

This open letter from a widow whose husband recently killed himself hits close to home. (If you can’t get past the paywall, I’m also attaching it as a PDF here.) He was an attorney, and that’s what I’m trying to become right now. The letter is titled “Big Law Killed My Husband,” and I’m expecting to work in Big Law for a while after law school. She says that he lacked “self-compassion,” and I’ve found that the same is true of me.

What struck me most about the letter, though, is the part about why she thinks he did it: “Simply put, he would rather die than live with the consequences of people thinking he was a failure.”

This man believed, first, that failure was worse than death. And second, that the only way to avoid failure was to die. Both of these are lies from hell.

I can tell that I’m wired similarly to the way this man was. I am predisposed to believe these same lies that he believed. I pray that God won’t let me.

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1 thought on “Lies”

  1. What a sad, sad story. And it grieves me to know that there are many more lawyers out there struggling with the same thing. Thankful that you are able to identify the lie(s) and that you have the Spirit of God in you who can lead and guide you in to all truth. You may be predisposed to believe the same lies that he did, but you have tools and weapons to fight for truth.

    I trust that you would never, ever come close to putting Michelle in a position like that. I’m trusting that as you continue to grapple with these things, that the Lord will lavish His grace on you, and that you would see that His mercies are new every morning. That your hope would be found completely in Him and not in yourself or the opinions of the world.

    The enemy is strong and cunning, but he has already been defeated. Ever so thankful for the cross of Christ and the resurrection!!!

    There may be days when you feel weak, but remember that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He is able to redeem us, refine us, and transform us.

    Love you, son.

    Mom

    *From:* Socrates and Friends [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Monday, November 12, 2018 4:55 PM *To:* home@campbellfamily5.com *Subject:* [New post] Lies

    Davis Campbell posted: “This open letter from a widow whose husband recently killed himself hits close to home. (If you can’t get past the paywall, I’m also attaching it as a PDF here.) He was an attorney, and that’s what I’m trying to become right now. The letter is titled “Big”

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