When Michael Phelps contemplated suicide, he was given a Christian book that changed his mind!
Michael Phelps’ life in the past few years had been troublesome, unfortunately. He was arrested, in his hometown of Baltimore, for driving while inebriated, back in 2014.
His glory days were over, so it seemed—to all those looking in. However, God had a very different plan for him.
Phelps was given the honor of carrying the American flag during the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. Since he was the most decorated Olympian of all time, it certainly was no surprise. Yet, his winning days were certainly not over! He added an additional 5 gold medals, for a total of 23 gold and 28 total overall, which is certainly an impressive mark.
After his initial retirement, back in 2012, Phelps shared with ESPN that he tackled within himself to, “figure out who he was outside the pool.” In his words, “I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost.”
So, unfortunately, with someone that feels unworthy or not needed, his pain took on a different turn, after the DWI arrest. He distanced himself from his family and loved ones and “thought the world would just be better off without me … I figured that was the best thing to do — just end my life.”
Thankfully, he had a friend that loved him enough to console him with Christian advice. His “older brother”, All Pro Linebacker, Ray Lewis, told him, “This is when we fight … This is when real character shows up. Don’t shut down. If you shut down we all lose.”
Lewis managed to persuade Phelps to enter into a treatment program and gave him “The Purpose Driven Life”, by pastor and author, Rick Warren.
The book gave Phelps a different perspective on life, within a few days time. He called Lewis to express his appreciation for his change of heart, “‘Man this book is crazy … The thing that’s going on … oh my gosh … my brain, I can’t thank you . . . enough, man. You saved my life.'”
Phelps shared with ESPN that the book, “turned me into believing there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet.” Praise God!
The book also mentioned that “relationships are always worth restoring,” so he and his father, who were alienated for the better part of 20 years, reconciled.
Michael Phelps’ life is one of inspiration. We never truly know the heartaches of others, no matter how seemingly successful their lives seem to be, to the outsider. Yet, despite life’s circumstances, recognizing that God has a plan for your life and setting your mind to accomplish all that He has in store, will give you a more fulfilling one. In turn, your story, like Phelps’ will encourage others to seek the will of God . . . giving them hope, knowing that if you could succeed, so can they. With God, nothing is impossible!
Article: Lifesite News