It’s tough for me to pinpoint the exact time or place that I became an addict. Looking back, I have always been in some sort of trouble and enjoyed things a little more than the next guy. I got expelled from high school, but still made it into a great college. I partied way too much and way too often, but after 5 years, I somehow got my BA in Marketing. I landed a great job in medical sales, but at this point in my life, I had already been introduced to my arch nemesis, opiates. I was able to maintain for years before it all came crashing down. I lost my job, my house, a fiancé, and many other relationships. I am now a convicted felon and spent most of this year incarcerated.
While I can’t begin to describe the I had in my own heart, I can describe the blessing that has led me off my path of destruction and started my healing process. We are all faced with challenges in our lives, big or small; the key is to rely on God to help us endure them. The path I walked made me a broken man, but it led me to the CITA Rescue Mission.
In the short time I have been here, I have forgiven myself for all the guilt and pain I have carried for so long. I am starting to open myself up to new relationships and put trust in others when before I had none. I am learning so much about the Lord and everyday my personal relationship with Jesus is growing. I am not ready to make the leap yet, but the path I am now on at CITA is brighter and more freeing than any I have known before.
2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."