December 16, 2009 § 3 Comments
This Friday past we took some of the new the guys that are on our Daily Substance Abuse Programme on an excursion to Table Mountain.This was not just a fun day out, but also a way and means of getting away from the very busy everyday city life. This was also a day where the boys could look back and reflect on their journey that they are now on.
They have successfully been clean and off from drugs such as heroin,methamphetamine (tik) and various other drugs for a couple of months now.Praise God! I take my hat off to these guys as they are doing this in the midst of festive season and all the parties that are currently happening around them. They could have so easily have been drawn into all of these things but God’s hand is upon their lives. They now had to reflect and see what challenges there were in the past, how they overcame it , and now look forward as their journey continues.
The guys were each asked to find a quiet place of their own,reflect and also bring back something out of nature that will best describe their journey.Whether it be a leaf ,a twig,a stone..they could choose.They had 20 minutes in which do to this and then had to come back to the bigger group and give feedback.The feedback session was powerful and lots of positive things flowed from the guys.One could see and hear the progress they are making.Needless to say , the guys had an awesome time on Table Mountain and enjoying Gods beautiful creation.
After our time on the mountain we headed down to Longstreet Baths for a well deserved swim.I am so proud of the guys and what they have accomplished and the long way they have come.I thank God for keeping them safe and out of harms way.
In my next bog post i will be telling you how i had to face the festive season when i decided to come off from drugs.
May 25, 2009 § Leave a comment
Life is all at once complicated and simplistic. It’s simplistic because that’s just how it is. It’s complicated because as humans we seem to need to make it complicated. If we just followed our hearts and met our calling…our purpose in life, everything would be so much easier.
That, however, just doesn’t seem to be the way it works for most people. We all have an inner guide. We know instinctively what we are meant to do with our lives and yet we struggle. That seems to be the chosen fate of mankind, struggle. That’s not the way it’s meant to be.
Each of us comes to this planet with a job to do. All the aptitude tests, books and courses in the world cannot tell you what you need to be doing with your life. The thing you most love to do is your calling. How easy is that? Just think about it, the thing you most love doing is the thing that will bring you your greatest rewards. It has been said down through the ages that if we do the thing we most love, we will be successful and will never work another day in our lives.
Something happens to us as children, however, that can throw us off that track. Even in the best households children are instructed by parents who have not yet caught on to what success is all about. In the households where there is physical or emotional abuse…or even substance abuse, it becomes all the more difficult for the child growing up there.
Such situations can easily cause a young mind to decide he or she is worthless and once that decision is made, the child will do all things possible to live up to that horrible image. When we feel worthless, we’re more inclined to do destructive things to ourselves and others. In these cases our self esteem can become nonexistent and we proceed to act on erroneous opinions we have developed of ourselves.
I had an interesting conversation with Brent concerning the writing of his blog post for this week. I read it and thought it was quite good. I knew it had the potential to serve a purpose in the lives of many. As I read it I shuttered at some of the things he endured as a drug pusher/addict and gang member. He wrote about one particular incident that I found horrifying. He went from that horrifying experience to telling about having given his testimony at a prayer service. I suggested that he add words to the effect that it was a powerful testimony. He was reluctant to do so because he didn’t want anyone to think he was bragging.
Brent is a young man who has given his life to the Lord and fully realizes that his salvation and all he is, is because he’s led. He realizes that all he does comes through him and not from him. He gives all glory to God and uses his horrifying past to make a powerful difference in the lives of all who come in contact with him. I can tell you that Brent Williams has make a powerful difference in my life. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a brave and selfless young man.
You’ll be as astonished as I was when you read A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE –continued – Part V of Brent’s Journey http://tinyurl.com/qruyoo