Teen Plans to Kill Himself as He Does Mom’s Chore List—As He Mows the Lawn, He Hears a Voice That Changes Everything


As a junior in high school, Luke Keller was ready to end his life.

The teen suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts and separation-anxiety disorder. To top it off, his dad left him when he was only 10, his grandmother just died of cancer and his grandfather was sent to prison.

With the whirlwind of negative circumstances and wavering mental health, Luke was at a breaking point.

He can pinpoint the exact day when the thoughts of suicide became so real that he was finally ready to kill himself. He just couldn’t take it anymore.

Luke just got back from school and took a look at the chores list his mom left him. To clear his mind, he went out to cut the grass in hopes that the hum of the mower would calm his thoughts.

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…But it didn’t have the effect that he had hoped.

With the urge to commit suicide still flooding his mind, Luke decided to finally reach out to somebody he’d never talked to before: God.

He said, “God if you are real, if you are what people say you are, then tell me something because today I’m going to end my life. I need you now if you’re real.”

As Luke continued to make his way through his chores list, he heard God say, “I want you to follow me.” Taken aback by a voice he’d never heard before, Luke asked God to repeat himself if that was really Him. Again, the voice confirmed, “I want you to follow me.”

It was clear as day. And Luke dropped to his knees and wept at the realization that the Maker of the universe cared enough to answer his broken plea.

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Kelsey Straeter
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Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.