I picked up this chip last Tuesday at Celebrate Recovery.

It was fourteen years ago this week that I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. It was also fourteen years ago this week that I last used any illegal drugs. Needless to say, I am incredibly grateful to God for the grace he has given me to stay away from drugs.

Struggling with pornography, however, was a part of my life before I began using drugs and persisted long after. It is this struggle that God used to bring me into recovery. He chose to remove drugs from me without journeying through recovery. But, he chose to use porn addiction to humble me and teach me how to depend upon him for freedom.

What a long, strange, and wonderful trip it’s been! I look forward to what God is going to do in the future. Thanks for sharing this with me! Merry Christmas!

8 Responses to Celebrating Fourteen Years

  • Peter says:

    Congrats, John! A great testimony of God’s grace and your commitment to Him!! Encouraging for us too!

  • Paul says:

    Thanks be to God!

    Yes, I agree; the positive way to look at the ongoing struggle is that from it we can learn valuable lessons in humility and dependence upon God.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Dave says:

    Congrats John, that’s a great accomplishment, but the grace of God.

  • Emily says:

    Congratulations on a phenomenal milestone. And thank you for all the good you are doing by your work with Pure Community and the associated ministries.

    I marvel at how God has such an amazing and interesting plan for each of us and that the “dark threads” are the weavers way of providing depth to each of us and how from the shadows can emerge such great light.

    You are a blessing to many – thank you God for working your plan in such an amazing way.

    • john says:

      Thanks, Emily! It really is true what is written in 2 Cor. 1:3-4:

      “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

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