via EEWMagazine-Priscilla Jackson:

Though millions have found the path to life through the ministry of Bishop T.D. Jakes, the preacher recently confessed that, in the past, he tried to end his life.

During a sermon at The Potter’s House of Dallas, the charismatic leader, 61, said “I remember being a little boy and taking a bottle of pills and being sad because I woke up in the morning.”

Though the globally respected mega pastor did not reveal his exact age, or what event, or series of events, triggered the suicide attempt, he did share his current reflections.

“I look back at that little boy and I call him a fool and I tell that little fool, I say, ‘Little fool, you almost messed yourself up. What you was crying about, it wasn’t going to last. God had something better for you,’” he said.

In 2015, over 40,000 Americans took their own lives, exceeding the number of individuals killed in motor vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suicides are on the rise—a trend Jakes hopes to see reversed.

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