Joseph Ubalde’s life—perfect?
Joseph Ubalde studied in Germany. He was a senior news producer at GMA News TV, TV5’s weatherman, and content manager with two journalism awards. He was also a columnist for Manila Times, Mega Magazine editor, and senior lecturer at U.P.
On April 1, 2019, his lifeless body was found submerged in the bathtub at a five-star hotel in BGC. It was premeditated and he wanted everyone to know his story.
He explained it all in a lengthy video blog on his ‘Digital Nomad’ page. The scheduled post was published four days after he committed suicide. He was 33 years old.
What Joseph wanted everyone to know
Ubalde had been suffering from sadness and anxiety since grade school. In 2016, he underwent psychiatric help after months of sleepless nights. Joseph was at the height of his career at that time.
He said in the original video, “…Deep inside, when you’re all by yourself when you’re all alone, that’s when the facade crumbles, and that’s when you have to grapple with your monsters and demons.”
Two years earlier, Nadine Lustre’s brother also committed suicide. Isaiah Lustre said in his post, “There is emptiness… I need someone to lean on.”
His reason for depression was clear
“I had no one to assure or validate me that everything will be okay. I wish I had more friends who I can call at midnight… That I think is important: Friends who would genuinely check up on you, who would really ask you how you are and who are really invested in your wellness. If I had friends like that, I think I would not have kept all my problems to myself and feel alone.”
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The reason why we get depressed
Seph Ubalde sought professional help, but it was not enough. The truth is, we all get depressed because we have a constant enemy who is after our destruction. He is a thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Even Pastors get depressed; some committed suicide.
→ The root cause of depression.
Satan targets Christians as his trophies
Just because you have Jesus as your Lord and savior, a Christian, or someone active in church does not mean depression won’t crawl on you. Recently, two US mega-Pastors Andrew Stoecklein and Jarrid Wilson killed themselves.
Destroying those who bear God’s image
Satan hunts among the hurting. He tells them it’s hopeless. The devil seeks to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He wants to sift God’s workers like wheat (Luke 22:31–32). Clearly, he is bent on destroying those who bear the image of God, doing it each day.
Job and Corrie sets the ultimate example
Job faced the ultimate tragedy, losing his family and wealth. His choice to trust God kept Job alive and well! (Job 13). However, not everyone is like him. In the same way, not everyone experienced the same things he did.
Corrie Ten Boom wanted to die. They starved to death and lived like rats in flea-infested barracks during the war. Can you imagine if you were in her shoes? Yet she chose to look up, be thankful, and trusted Jesus.
“… and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.“
Life is a choice: Look up and refuse the lie!
Is your problem greater than someone who is blind, quadriplegic, or Jessa Catle, born without arms and legs? The truth is, we often fail to see how blessed we are—we focus on our little tragedies, instead of thankfulness. We believe Satan’s lies.
We often fail to see how blessed we are. We believe satan’s lies.
“Do not grieve. The joy of the Lord is your strength!“
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.“
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