On the 11th of November 2007 I was asked to share a Testimony as part of the message at our Church on how I healed the hurts in my life. I prayed, I paused and I wrote and this is what I shared:
STEP 1 : – Was accepting regardless of circumstances and my previous beliefs, the mess my life became as a result of my addiction to alcohol was all my own doing. The choices I made and the actions I took were what made me become an alcoholic.
STEP 2: – I made a commitment to change and was prepared to do what was necessary to make my life better.
I remember when I first arrived at The Salvation Army’s Bridge Program one of the staff saying to me “every time the bus leaves this property, to a group, to church, on an outing etc make sure if you have the opportunity you are on it” I never knew then bu what that person was saying was ‘IF YOU WANT TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY – YOU NEED TO ACT DIFFERENTLY’ you need to get involved. So from that day on I made sure every time the bus left the property I was on it.
Through being on the bus I was exposed to a lot of Christian fellowship and began to develop a desire to be a part of the JOY I saw in Christan individuals.
STEP 3: – I learned the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous from a Christian perspective and applied Christian principles to my life.
This was not always easy because when I came to recovery I was physically, mentally and Spiritually bankrupt. Through conversion and the power of the Holy Spirit in my life I learned to rely on God to help me to change the things I couldn’t.
Psalm 143:9-10 (NIV) ‘Teach me to do your will for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.” For the early part of my Spiritual walk that was all I asked of God, to reveal His will for my life and lead me where He wanted me to go.
Amazingly through reliance on Him, God opened doors and directed me in the path He wanted me to take.
I found myself becoming involved in a home fellowship group. A place where I learned a lot about the Bible through discussing it with others, a place where I developed life lasting friendships. I also became involved in a support group called ALCOHOLICS VICTORIOUS, which gave me opportunity to discuss the 12 Steps and the recovery process with others in recovery.
I became a soldier and an employee of The Salvation Army. Through my involvement with The Salvation Army I was given the opportunity for my story to be featured as part of the first National Alcohol Awareness Week. This resulted in my story being featured in newspapers all over Australia, which in turn resulted in an opportunity to be features in a Christian Television Association commercial that ran on South Australian television for several months.
Through AAW and the commercial I was given many opportunities to speak at many groups of different people about my faith in Christ and my recovery from alcohol. I have had so many opportunities to share the love of Christ with others for which I am so thankful. Not because I am anything special but because of the changes God has made in me through the power of the Holy Spirit living in and through me.
The physical, mental and Spiritual hurts in my life God healed through teaching me ‘IT’S NOT ABOUT ME; IT’S ABOUT HIM’ I made a promise in my life to follow where God leads me and I try daily to live that promise.
Philippians 4:13 (TLB) “For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ, who gives me strength and power.”
Psalm 25:5 (TLB) ‘Lead me: teach me: for you are the God, who give me salvation. I have no hope except in you.’
Today I have a God given passion to help people suffering from addiction. I do it partly through Living Life Recovery, ‘Church for People With Addictions’ run at Belgrave South Baptist Church. I do it in a number of other of other ways too. I do it because of a command Jesus has given too us all in the Great Commission to GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES. God in His wisdom made us all different, with different gifts and abilities in order that we are all equipped to reach different people to share His live with.
In my life God put the right people at the right time under the right circumstances to help me become the person I am today and I give Him thanks and Glory for the things He has helped me achive in my life.
Maybe He has also helped you in a way that you wish to share with others via this Blog?