John 10:10 tells us,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Being an addict for most of my life, I never really had much of a life. I was full of so much pain and hurt that I really didn’t enjoy anything but numbing myself. Even the things I once enjoyed I couldn’t bring myself to do. Like the verse above says, the thief, in my case my addiction, came to steal, kill and destroy what I had left of life. After coming to the Lord here at the Christian Care Center I was given a life. I would say a new life, but I can’t even consider what I was living before a life. As my recovery went on and my life was developing, I wanted this full life. I wanted to know what it was like to actually enjoy living. I had no hobbies; I had no interests outside of my addiction, and my fear was that the combination of boredom and an unsatisfied life would cause me to relapse once again. Then I discovered fishing, I discovered fellowship, and before I knew it, I was living this abundant life thanks to Jesus Christ.
One of our most recent ideas we have adopted is to start adding some monthly outings for our clients in our Men’s Residence. I remembered what it was like to be scared of this new life and scared that I would never find the full life. I needed someone to show me how to have fun and enjoy life without using drugs. The purpose of these outings is more than just having fun; it’s about experiencing the full life Jesus promises. How important it is to have good Christian fellowship; how important it is to realize there is actual life after addiction!
Our latest adventure was going to Kelly Park / Rock Springs. One of the biggest blessings I have received since serving at the Men’s Residence was watching the joy in each of our clients’ faces that day – grown men splashing around like children without a care in the world, even the though the water was a chilly 72 degrees! We grilled some food and fellowshipped over a meal, hiked the many trails, and swam the day away. For many of them, this was the first time in many years to actually experience some sober fun and joy. It also taught the men the importance of who you hang around. No matter what was being said or done around us, we were a band of brothers that kept each other accountable. And finally, we were all just taken back by the glory of God’s creation. From deer to snakes, from the crystal-clear waters to the forest of trees we were all given a heart of wonder of all that God is.
If you would like to find out ways to partner with the Men’s Residence by prayer, volunteering or even sponsoring an outing please contact email us Jamie@ChristianCareCenter.org.