A Beautiful New Life
John took easily to alcohol. It was natural to him. At age 47 he had already been addicted for 30 years. Even in high school and college, he was drinking regularly. He had a keen mind and earned a full scholarship to the University of Arkansas. But after two years he lost his scholarship because he did not show up to classes.
Through the years, there were times of sobriety when he went back to college and earned a degree in geology. And, ten years ago he married and had a daughter. But as always, things fell apart. Divorce came and it drove him back to drinking. This intelligent man with great potential from a nice family on the west side of Little Rock was sleeping next to the dumpsters behind a supermarket. John was living and working to drink. That was his purpose. “I was a slave to alcohol.”
One week he was arrested and in jail four times for being drunk and a public nuisance. Each time he was released, he walked over to the Little Rock Compassion Center for a meal. He kept coming back and three years ago decided to stay. He completed the 9-month recovery program and worked here for six months. Then he left. After a couple of months, he started drinking again.
He fell hard and returned again to the Compassion Center. One day, he was sitting in the chapel listening to a sermon. The preacher was urging him to let Jesus be the master of his life. John could say he always knew Jesus from his childhood when he asked Jesus to save him, but he could never say Jesus was his master. He had never given Jesus the right to rule over him.
And so he did. That day in the chapel John made Jesus the master of his life. For the first time, John wanted what God wanted for him.
His life changed that day.
Reading the Bible became a book of promises that were his. Being with others who also loved God helped him obey the Lord. Each day he assists Pastor Holloway with the Compassion Center duties of the day. Peace has come. A joyful reconciliation has begun with his daughter.
When John sees the troubled men and women coming here, his heart goes out to them. He knows the harsh slavery of addiction, and he longs for them to come under the care of Jesus.