A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Michael R.
If I could leave everyone with one thing that they can always remember, it is that God is real and He performs miracles every day. I was born in Scotland and raised in Manahawkin, NJ. I became a Christian at the age of 13 at the home of a friend of my mother. I was raised in a very good Christian home with a mother, sister and step-father who are also born again Christians. From a young age I always wanted to read and learn about God from the Bible. I made a promise to be a follower of Christ and do everything He commanded of me.
Instead, I started to believe the lies of the enemy. As I grew up I lived a typical life that seem very boring to me and I always felt awkward and alone, even after I had accepted Christ as my Savior. When I was 17, my father passed away and I had so much guilt from his death that it was one of the major tipping points in my life that made me turn my life over to the horrible life of drug addiction. It wasn’t until after I graduated high school, at the age of 19, that I started to experiment with drugs. It was what I thought to be an answer and solution to the pain I felt deep inside.
I starting drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, then years later I became a full-blown heroin addict. Without getting into the gruesome details, it became extremely terrifying. It was the ultimate deception because I put all of my identity into a substance that brought me nothing but pain, grief, hardships, four rehabilitation programs, jail twice, and memories that could make a grown man shudder. Every time I decided to get straight and leave drugs, I would just go right back into them before I knew it. The behavior has been a decade-long struggle.
It wasn’t until I had enough of my old life that I actually wanted to change and be a part of something bigger and better than anything that I could ever imagine. For this reason I can say that the Lord was more faithful because He spared my life on several occasions that I thought I should have never walked away from. I came to America’s Keswick desperate and broken. In these short months I feel myself being charged up on a daily basis. My love is increasing more toward the Lord and His beautiful creation. 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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