When I was young, drinking and some drugs were a part of my surroundings. I started smoking pot and drinking beer at a very young age. When I joined the Army I was told, “You are 18 and are old enough to vote, old enough to get shot and old enough to drink. I am 46 now and a lot has happened to me. I have had good jobs at some well-known businesses, even working my way into management. But drinking was my top priority. I separated from my girlfriend of 7 years and lost my job in the same month. I moved back to my home town Chico, CA thinking that things would be different, but instead, my compulsions became much worse. I became homeless and hopeless. I almost drank myself to death.
I woke up one morning in a familiar dry creek bed and the first thing I heard was, “Stop it!”. It took a minute but now I felt it; The Lord was telling me, “Enough is enough”. My family had told me of a Rescue Mission which I know now as Chico Rescue Mission. I thought, “Maybe they can help”. I showed up at the Mission on a Monday morning looking terrible and feeling like death would be an improvement.
Since my arrival I have been attending church twice a week and attending Bible studies 3-4 times a day. This place is amazing. The administration, leadership and myself will tell anyone…”Anything is possible through Jesus Christ. My new relationship with Jesus and my brothers here at the Mission is the reason I am alive today.” My family is so happy and proud of me. I’m just happy they are now a part of my new life. They say I’m different now and there is something new in my eyes. I just smile and say that it’s not my eyes, it’s my heart.
Jesus is my Savior, my Teacher and my Friend. I’m pretty sure he carried me to the door step of the Chico Rescue Mission and is with me every day. Thank you Jesus!
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”