Brooke Lacey, a 22-year-old from New Zealand, never expected a homemade bumper sticker could have a significant impact on someone’s life.
Struggling with depression herself, she created 600 stickers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These weren’t ordinary stickers. They carried an inspiring message: “Please don’t take your life today. The world is so much better with you in it. More than you realize, stay.”
Brooke placed these stickers in spots where people might feel hopeless. Locations included bridges, trains, and waterfronts in Wellington. But it was the sticker on her car that truly made a difference.
A driver’s bumper sticker has saved a stranger’s life.
After her own battle with depression 22-year-old university student Brooke Lacey was inspired to create a batch of 600 signs to inspire those battling mental illness.#StarFMNews919 @Star919FM pic.twitter.com/0SSHhUvyvK
— 919News (@919News_) February 22, 2022
One day, Brooke discovered a note on her car’s windshield. Initially mistaking it for a parking ticket, she found a heartfelt message instead. A stranger had written, “Your sign saved my life today. I left my house with a plan and asked for a sign, any sign, I was doing the right thing when I saw your car in the parking lot. Thank you.” This message affirmed the life-saving impact of her simple gesture.
A 22 year New Zealand student called Brooke Lacey, who’d suffered with depression created some bumper stickers to help others who might be going through a similar experience. Recently she found a heartfelt note under her windscreen wiper to thank her pic.twitter.com/kFfu9wtXnN
— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) February 21, 2022
Brooke’s bumper sticker, a small act of kindness, had a powerful, potentially life-saving effect. This incident reminds us of the importance of small gestures in showing others they are valued. Brooke’s effort, as she shared on Twitter, was a reminder that “You never know who needs this reminder.” Her act is a call to all of us to be kind and supportive, making the world a better place, one small gesture at a time.
As children of God, we’re reminded that our lives are a precious gift, meant to be lived fully for His glory. If you’re feeling unloved or lost, remember God’s immense love for us, shown through Jesus Christ – let this truth be your strength and share His love with others.
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“