April 27, 2009 § 1 Comment
Sometimes when I write or speak about the unlimited power and the greatness within us it frightens people. I’m frequently told by these people that they are afraid to even think about the power they may have. Some tell me that the very thought of an inner power terrifies them.
People with such feelings often go in the opposite direction to avoid having to deal with the possibility of their inner strength. Reluctant to acknowledge it, many resort to the excessive use of food and/or alcohol. Some may begin gambling excessively or begin using drugs that range from mild to wild. All of these crutches can be seriously damaging because when we give in to these things, they are then in control of our minds and subsequently our entire lives.
When we are willing to admit our God given inner strength and use it to take control of our thoughts and lives, we can then begin to not only empower our own lives but make a positive difference in the lives of others and ultimately the world. We all arrive on this earth in search of something and it’s only by connecting with our Source that we can find what we’re searching for.
Once we connect with our Source and admit our God given strengths we no longer have the need for any of the so-called crutches. We stand firm in our strengths and never look back.
Brent Williams is a young man who has reconnected with his Source and in so doing has begun a journey in which his inner strengths will make a difference in the world.
Part II of Brent’s Journey begins here: http://tinyurl.com/cbw8vr
“Always stand facing the sun and let the shadows of doubt and fear fall behind.”
April 27, 2009 § Leave a comment
I thank each and every one of you that has commented on Part One of My Journey. As I read your comments I was deeply touched and gave thanks to God for people like you and all the wonderful things He is doing in my life. Words fail me and I find it difficult to express what each comment means to me.
Perhaps the best way for me to express my appreciation of your kind support is to include each of you in my daily prayers. I pray that God will bless you and give you the desires of your heart. I now know that what I am doing is not in vain and that I need to continue the work I’ve been led to begin. I ask God for the strength and courage to go on as far as he wants me to go. With God’s hand on my shoulder and knowing that I have you pulling for me, I know I will succeed.
Now, I would like to share Part II of my journey out of the world of drugs and into a life that is really making a difference in the world. http://tinyurl.com/cpnz6n
In closing I’d like to leave you with a scripture that has meant a lot to me:
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
April 20, 2009 § 5 Comments
When Brent originally shared the story of his journey with me and asked me to become a contributor to his blog, there is no way I could have said no. This young man’s story is one of remarkable courage and giving. While I didn’t know him at the time he was going through what I can refer to only as his own personal hell, what I do know is that whatever went wrong in his life, the love of his mother is what made it right. She continued to love him through it all and reintroduced him to God. She took him to Impact Direct Ministries where with the help of Pastor Petersen and the other caring people at Impact Direct Ministries he found his way back.
Many stray from their intended path from time to time, in one way or another. Those who have someone to love them back to where the need to be, have an excellent chance of ultimately living a life they truly want and love. Not only is Brent now living the life he truly wants and loves, but he has become a counselor at Direct Impact Ministries and is helping others beat their addictions, addictions that if allowed to continue would more than likely destroy or perhaps end their lives.
People become unhappy and stray from all they could have and be when they begin to have feelings of being disconnected. It seems to be typical of those who feel a lack of connection, to not fully understand from what they’ve become disconnected. Perhaps that’s because they never felt truly connected in the first place.
We were placed on Earth by the same source that placed the tiny acorn here. The point is that if a tiny acorn, just a little nut in the mud, contains within it a might oak tree (and it does), how can we even begin to doubt the potential within us? When we live up to our God given potential our lives can become more than we are capable of imagining.
April 15, 2009 § Leave a comment
“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries,it has been owing more to patient attention,than to any other talent.”-Isaac Newton
April 15, 2009 § Leave a comment
LOTS OF PEOPLE KNOW A GOOD THING THE MINUTE THE OTHER FELLOW SEES IT FIRST.
April 12, 2009 § Leave a comment
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”- NELSON MANDELA
April 10, 2009 § Leave a comment
When getting off of drugs I needed all the help and support I could get. I had to break away from the old friends and the gang I had been hanging out with. The vicious cycle of using drugs had to be broken.
I was introduced to an organization in my community that is literally a three minute walk from where I live. This organization is Impact Direct Ministries, a non-profit community based organization established in 2001. The ministry is based in South Africa with the main operational base in Cape Town. For many years its members have been impacting various communities through a variety of outreach programs both locally and globally. To date IDM has formed partnerships all across South Africa and other parts of the continent as well as in the United States and the United Kingdom. This giving and life changing organization was formed and is operating under the banner of the Cape Town Christian Fellowship, the church to which my mom belongs.
My mom made an appointment for me with Pastor Roger Petersen,the CEO Of Impact Direct Ministries. When first walking into the Centre I initially thought people were going to judge me and would think poorly of me, believing that I was not worthy of help because I was a drug addict. Man was I wrong. The love and acceptance I felt combined with the compassion everyone showed me was so overwhelming. I actually considered that it was an act and might be a trick. I saw no way people be so caring and loving towards someone they dont know. They made me feel welcome and I felt a sense of belonging, something that I was looking for whilst on drugs and caught up in the gang world. I went to the centre on a daily basis and was mentored and encouraged by Pastor Roger as he became like a dad to me.
Throughout my recovery I continued to visit the Impact Centre regularly and soon realized that there was such a great need out there for the services they provided. So many people needed help with their drug problems. It was at that point that I made the decision that I was going to dedicate my life to helping others who were in a similar situation to the one I had been in. I knew that God had given me a testimony, but it was not for myself, but for countless others out there in need of help. To be in a position to bring hope to the hopeless Pastor Roger sent me to various trainings and workshops to equip me to fulfill my mission.
I am now proudly one of the counselors at the Impact Centre and currently running a daily drug program for other addicts that come in for help. I am so greatful to God that He is using me in this way. I cant see myself doing anything else. I just want to help and be there for people in need in much the same way as the people at Impact Direct Ministries were there for me. Not only did God set me free from drugs, He also placed awesome, loving people in my life to support me and walk alongside me. It is so important to have support and someone to talk to when facing problems and personal storms. I’ve been given those people and I give Jesus all the glory and praise for what he has done in and through my life.
Throughout this blog I will be updating and sharing my day to day life at the Impact Centre. It’s my intention to share with you both the joys and trials that we face daily. As I continue to share my journey with you it is my hope that you’ll be inspired by it and that it will help you better realize that there is both help and hope for anyone in need.