A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Brandon S.
As early back as my teen years, I remember always wanting to do things my way. That is when my sinful life bloomed into complete chaos. I was born and raised in New Jersey, a small town called Manalapan. I was blessed with two older brothers who inspire me to do good today. We were raised Catholic, but never attended church. My parents were divorced when I was ten years old. Selfishly, my father went his own way and abandoned us, leaving my mother with all the responsibilities that come with three children. During my teenage years, my mother had to work many hours in the day to keep the bills paid. I had no supervision as a teenager and started experimenting with drugs at the age of fourteen. Sadly, I was expelled from high school the first month of my freshman year for selling painkillers, which I was introduced to by my older brother who was also experimenting.
As I grew older, each year I was more and more bound to parties and doing drugs. Once I turned eighteen I started getting prescribed painkillers from a recent accident, which was the nail to my coffin. I was tangled and stuck in addiction with no way out, endless efforts to get into rehabs and detoxes. My oldest brother ended up in jail for a year, and is finally five years clean. He has been the only inspiration in my life to make a change.
I checked myself into a detox and while I was there, I found out about America’s Keswick, where lives get saved. At first, I was hesitant, but I wanted to make all effort to place my trust in God for all things concerning my life. My second week at Keswick, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I have completely and finally surrendered and given my life to the Lord.
During my stay at Keswick, God has softened my heart and given me peace. Every day I work on breaking sinful habits and developing new and godly habits by speaking and studying His Word. Being around other men who are hurt and surrendered is very inspiring, because I witness God’s work in them each and every day. My goal is to live a Christian life by developing Christ-like obedience so that I may know God’s divine love and have my joy made complete. America’s Keswick has helped me work towards that goal by guiding me towards Christ, which resulted in me becoming a new creation, born again. I now have a home church I can attend and fellowship with other godly people. Now my mother and brothers can be proud of me and not look down on me for my old sinful self.
Only God can provide me with peace and happiness in life. He has broken my chains and guided me on His path. I can now continue to work towards change in my life, forgetting the things I once did in the past and pressing on. I am no longer a threat to others, but a godly example to those I come in contact with, only because of the work Christ has done and is proceeding to do in my life. Proudly, I can state that I am truly a child of God.
Life is a beautiful thing and I will not be consumed with the ever-growing trends of sugar-coated sin that stands on the outside of my door inviting me to go out and try them. I want to live the rest of my days serving the Lord and doing His will.
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