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Robin Williams: Laughing on the Outside and Not on the Inside

By Stacie Ruth Stoelting
Contributing Writer

CBN.comAs a millennial and as a member of the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors), I know this for a fact... Sometimes, people laugh on the outside yet not on the inside. Robin Williams reminds us of that. He made many laugh, yet now many cry. Having learned that he claimed the Christian faith, I believe that he knew Jesus and knows Jesus in Heaven.

Robin Williams' tragic death should make us embrace... life without prejudice toward those struggling with depression. Mental illness must not be met with scorn or self-imposed shame. Rather, we must all remember that Jesus understands and loves us deeper than any doctor or loved one. He loved and loves Robin Williams. He loves you. And, in Him, we must put our hope no matter what we go through.

John 3:16, my friends. John 3:16. That's what matters most in this crazy world, and changes our destination for the next. Trust in Jesus for salvation. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." That's a fact.

My grandpa was a pioneer as a Christian who also helped others as a counselor and Christian school psychologist. He knew how to make people feel loved and not rejected for their struggles.

There are people like that, my friends. Today, if you're in the depths of despair, I urge you get outside help from a mental health professional who is a Christian. The time has come for many to start laughing on the inside as well as the outside.

Stacie Ruth Stoelting © 2014, used with permission

Stacie RuthGoing through a rough time? Join Stacie Ruth’s prayer group at After Stacie Ruth met Jesus, her life blossomed with true joy and purpose! Life’s blows hurt her, but Jesus heals and strengthens her. Now an author, actress, and recording artist, she laughs at the irony and praises God, who uses unlikely herself. Discover why she's sung/spoken for the President, been pictured in major media (The New York Times and USA Today), written a book at age 15, and keynoted conferences since she was a teenager. Today, she offers a new conference for those hurting from job losses, financial troubles, depression, grief, diseases (like Alzheimer’s), and other heartaches through her national conference, The Heart Hospital. Her new album, Heavenly, will release nationally in July. To watch video clips, listen to music, view and download photos for articles, and other features, visit

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