"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Michelle Carter allegedly texted to Conrad Roy III.
It was the day he parked his truck outside a Fairhaven, Massachusetts Kmart and killed himself through carbon monoxide poisoning.
Those were words from a 17-year-old girl friend to an 18-year-old boyfriend!! What a terrible tragedy.
What can we as parents learn from this?
Something we already knew:
The power of words to influence…
…and the power of a wrong association.
As our kids are beginning this new school year and encountering new relationships, it is critical that we mentor them to wisely choose their associates and guard their hearts from deceptive and evil words.
Many questions remain in this particular case. But one thing is very clear. This young man should have walked away from this girl.
I have 2 tools to offer you today as we pray for all those involved in this case:
- Here are some great scriptures to use as you sit down and talk about this story with your own kids.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20
A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Corinthians 15:33
- Here are four of our posts on suicide:
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