Bourdain: “God was never mentioned…”

” … I was annoyed by neither religion nor church nor any notions of sin or damnation.”

(Headline Health) In “celebrating” the life of Anthony Bourdain, CNN is publishing some of the globetrotting chef’s intimate thoughts.

Bourdain once spoke of his childhood:

“I was born at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 1956, but I grew up in the leafy green bedroom community of Leonia, New Jersey.

“I did not want for love or attention. My parents loved me. Neither of them drank to excess. Nobody beat me. God was never mentioned — so I was annoyed by neither religion nor church nor any notions of sin or damnation.

More thoughts Bourdain shared with the world about himself …

“I ended up with a show titled, like the book, A Cook’s Tour. … I had assumed my involvement with television would last no longer than the time it took me to write the book. And yet, amazingly enough, the show was picked up for a second season. … I have to admit, I grew to like this life — roaming the globe in search of nothing more than food and kicks … I became seduced by the world — and the freedom that television had given me — to travel it as I wished.” 

“[T]he world is, in fact, filled with mostly good and decent people who are simply doing the best they can. Everybody, it turns out, is proud of their food (when they have it). They enjoy sharing it with others (if they can). They love their children. They like a good joke. Sitting at the table has allowed me a privileged perspective and access that others, looking principally for “the story,” do not, I believe, always get … People, wherever they live, are not statistics. They are not abstractions.” More at CNN.

“Life can be hard or unfair, but don’t quit. Don’t miss out on what God can do.”

My plea to anyone contemplating suicide: Please don’t give up — God has a plan for you

By Pastor Rick McDaniel | Fox News

The suicides this week of fashion icon Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have shocked many people. Spade left behind her husband Andy and their 13-year-old daughter. Bourdain left behind his girlfriend Asia Argento and his 11-year-old daughter.

Celebrities bring suicide into the public consciousness but the problem has been growing for years. The suicide rate in the U.S. has increased 25 percent from 1996 to 2016 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 45,000 Americans 10 years and older killed themselves in 2016. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the country.

The question is how successful celebrities with loving families can take their own lives?

God is real

Mental health is of course part of it. Spade suffered from anxiety and depression according to her husband. Bourdain had referenced his mental health challenges in the past.

But is there something else besides mental health challenges at work in America? Is there more to it?

Our choices are shaped by the worldview we have adopted, whether we are conscious of it or not. Whenever we make a decision we run it through a mental and emotional filter. The filter is the result of how we make sense of the world.

One of these is to see that God is real. That He loves you and has a purpose for your life. That God does not set us up for failure – He sets us up for success, giving us talents, gifts and abilities and the opportunities to do something meaningful with our lives.

Life can be hard or unfair, but don’t quit. Don’t miss out on what God can do.

God has a purpose and a plan for our lives, even when there is pain and suffering. Sometimes especially when there is pain and suffering. More at Fox News. 

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