Secrets... My experience during the drinking years was that my feelings of shame for making poor life decisions combined with the hidden nature of my drinking and using, from early morning throughout the day and into the evening, kept me bound as those secrets weighed heavily on me. There wasn’t any transparency or honesty in my relationship with my wife and kids. It seemed more important to hide the extent of my addictions to tobacco, porn, alcohol and opioids than to share openly with those who loved and supported me. How is it that as a person of faith, I lived in such darkness for two plus decades? Where was the God of my youth? Why was the Creator seemingly silent over the course of so many years? The lie of the bottle told me that I was destined to live out my days in bondage to my addictions. Church for me during the addictive years was a lonely building where I was unable to consistently find support and grace. Mostly as a result of my inability to be open with my secrets and how they were dominating my life. The truth as I’m experiencing it today reminds me that restoration and redemption for all is available to those who truly seek it. Hope that there was a plan for my life began the moment I surrendered everything to the Lord. The good the bad and the ugly! My sober/faith journey has transformed my life and I will never be the same again. Freedom from my addictions has opened a lifestyle that’s full of hope. My faith teaches me that anything is possible when I surrender to the transformative power of the gospel message. I’ve said this before but there is no quid pro quo with Jesus. Simply show up! Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one gets what he asks for.
Matthew 7:7-8 TPT. Today, know that your secrets don’t have to define you! There is freedom in the name of Jesus!