A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Daniel M.
What does it mean for someone to be a Christian? Does being a Christian mean that one is good, or righteous? Does a person have to go to church every Sunday and they are “in”? There are many incorrect views on Christianity and what makes a person a Christian. Before I was saved, I thought in the way of the secular world as to what a Christian was. I was caught in a religious, performance-based relationship with God. Growing up, I came from a regular family – mom, dad, and two siblings. However, this stability did not last long as my parents divorced when I was at the young age of four. I always wondered where my dad was, and why he chose to leave us all alone. My mom was always there for me, and always tried to instill the faith of the gospel in my life.
I went to many church services and youth groups growing up. When I was about twelve, I genuinely accepted the Lord in to my heart. However, I didn’t make Jesus Lord over my life, and lived my life for myself. I grew up frustrated, angry, and full of selfish pride. I tried to fill the God-sized hole in my heart with the things of the world. I was attracted to money, and self-medicated by whatever means necessary.
I started to smoke marijuana at the age of twelve with an older crowd. I was looking for love in all the wrong places. Friends and drugs became my idols. I progressed with my drug use as I got older and led a life full of sin, not pleasing to God. After high school graduation, I didn’t know where I was going with my life. I applied to college and just hoped for the best. After just a few months in college, I had gotten arrested and withdrew from my courses. My parents wanted me to get help because life was spiraling out of control. I ended up doing ten months at Teen Challenge and was set to graduate, before leaving prematurely. This left a feeling in me of failing again in another area of my life.
After another six months of trying to fix my life on my own, God humbled me. I lost everything, and it was suggested that I go to a program called The Colony of Mercy at America’s Keswick. I came here broken and filled with pain and regret. Today, I can say that the Lord has healed me of all my pain, and replaced it with the joy of the Lord. God has restored so much more than I could ever ask for – my family, my self-worth, and my identity in Him. He has even blessed me with a wonderful Christian woman in my life. I’m so glad America’s Keswick was the instrument God used to bring me back to Him.
My life verse is Daniel 10:12, “The he said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.’”
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