For many years of my life, my parents have worked at a Christian rehab center with people who were trying to stay off drugs or alcohol. When I was younger, 11 or so, I spent a lot of time at this rehab place because I'm homeschooled and could go with them to work. That meant I could see the aftermath of partying and drinking, and what happens when it gets out of control. I think that's a huge blessing because it showed me how alcohol can absolutely ruin a person's life. And now that my dad works at a homeless shelter as a chaplain, it's even more raw, since a lot of the people that come for food are still high on stuff. Now that I'm older I'm not there as much, but I think those years of being at the shelter were important. Please, please be careful with things like drugs. They can destroy you.
One thing that was cool, though, was seeing broken people come to Christ and watching their lives be transformed. I have heard so many pastors and great men of God talk about how wild their pasts were--and now they're doing amazing things for God. You know, God specializes in taking broken people and changing their lives for the better :)
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