As I watched this 23 year old young man seek to recover from an overdose of drugs, I could tell he felt empty, lonely, lost, and hopeless. As I watched him, all I could think was how this young man was meant for so much more. He was meant for more than a life of addiction and the pain it brings. He was meant to know God, to enjoy God, and to experience all God has created him to be. So what happened? What went wrong? How did he end up in a hospital bed seeking to recover from an overdose when he was meant for so much more?
People don't start out in life to become addicts. It was not their childhood dream to become addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, etc... Their childhood dreams took them to wonderful places of being pro baseball players, football players, pilots, firemen, musicians, race car drivers, nurses, teachers, etc...but not addicts. Yet, somewhere along the way, the addiction took over their lives. It began to reduce them into something they never dreamed of being...an addict. It took them to a place they never dreamed of going...the bottom. Maybe the addiction started as an escape from pain in their lives or simply from the initial pleasure of the addiction, either way, it took them away from what God created them to be and what they dreamed of becoming.
But there is good news...no, great news!
God loves you! Your life is not over. It's not too late to become all God created you to be. There's time. There's hope. God's plans for your life can never be erased. His grace, his love, his kindness all await you. If you will turn to God, humbly admitting your failures and faults, you will find God. He is there for you, waiting with open arms to love you and lead you out of the addiction and toward becoming the person you were meant to be.
You were meant for more. The addiction has tried to take away all you were meant to be. But God, in all of his grace, wants to restore what the addiction has tried to take.
The 23 year old who was in the hospital bed recovering from a drug overdose was meant for so much more. My prayer is that he has found God, Jesus Christ, and is on his way to becoming the person he was meant to be.
And I pray for you. I pray you will know how great is God's grace. How wide his love. How freeing his forgiveness. And how joyful his purpose for your life! Let this be a prayer for your life:
God, I know I was made for more than what this addiction has done to me. I was made by you. I was made for you. I was made to know you. You created me with gifts, talents, and abilities. You created me for so much more than what I have become. I am lonely, tired, and hopeless. But in you I have hope. I want to know Jesus. The one who loved me and gave his life for me. Right now, I trust in Jesus. Thank you Jesus for dying for my sins and rising from the dead. I receive you as Savior. Lead me through life. I want to become the person you created me to be.
Below are two videos that share the good news...no, the great news that God loves you and he has more for you than what the addiction has done to you.