I spent years slowly drinking myself to death by degrees, isolating myself emotionally from everyone who cared about me. Even when I was in the company of others, I felt alone. I didn’t want to live–I believed the world was better off without me.
I had received Christ when I was 13, but fell away in my early 20’s. The pastor of the church I grew up in was converted through the ministry of Teen Challenge when he was young. I had always heard him talk about it, and my parents began urging me to look into the Life Challenge program. It wasn’t long after that I realized I could not go on living like I was. I decided to enter Life Challenge and God began to change me.
I have spent more time in the Bible than ever before. God has given me a new thirst for Him and His word. And that takes the place of my old thirst for alcohol. I have yet to get hung over from drinking my fill of the Word!
My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.’
For the first time in longer than I can remember, I have purpose and hope for my life.