February 19, 1993 I surrendered my life to Christ. That is more than thirty years ago. Wow! How time flies.
How? I went to a men’s retreat. Hungover. Yes. I was a big drinker. For more than twenty years before my surrender I drowned my fears and failures with alcohol.
I had totaled three cars in those twenty years and I was court ordered to Driving School twice due to multiple DUIs.
It was only through God’s grace that I did not kill myself. Or worse. Killed someone else.
The miracle in my surrender was how Jesus immediately took my addiction away and He set me free through His grace.
I was now longer desiring beer which was my alcohol of choice. I was able to drink it, but I found myself only getting halfway through. I no longer felt it was a sin to walk away.
My insecurities were still intact, but I was no longer able to numb my pain with a six pack.
In its place God put a five pack of men in my path. Geoff, Bud, Jim, John and Tony all encouraged me and walked me through bible verses giving me the courage to walk with Jesus. Pretty soon I was sipping on His Word every day and growing in confidence.
It was God’s grace and love through this band of brothers that I have a relationship with Jesus today.
Thank you Jesus and thank you to the men that invited me thirty years ago to that Men’s Retreat.
It is because of you five men that today I pray every man finds a brother in Christ to walk this journey with. Jesus wants you #freein23
Men… there is no reason for anyone to fly solo. God wants you as a pivotal part of His plan. He doesn’t want to see you get picked off in the dark.
Get plugged in. Find a group near you at http://www.Facebook.com/GodsCarolinaMen. #aimingtoconnectmen
It could save your life.