I have seen many, and I have seen few. I have seen poverty, and I have seen riches. I have experienced life, and death, and loss, and gain. I have experienced addiction, and I have experienced abstinence. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a problem with compulsions, addiction, spending, alcoholism, greed, pride, coveting, and so many other sins of the Bible.
These things are a part of my journey, however, none of these things are what defines me. Romans 3:23 states that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (NIV) and I have been no exception thus far. We are all prone to sin, being of sinful nature. We are also advised in Romans 13:14 to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (ESV)
I’m not an ordained minister, so I will reiterate this: nothing that I say here should be taken to supplement or replace any spiritual guidance from a pastor or any other ministry leadership.
However, we are not alone. Whether it’s addiction, compulsion, greed, envy, pride, we are not alone. We all struggle. We all have sinned. Our goal is to sin less, to become more like the one who is sinless.
My wife has been with me through this journey for the last 4 years. Before we were married, we started out as friends, and grew into a couple. She brought me into the church, prayed with me, and helped me to learn more about Christ. Rather than leaving because of my rebellious nature and my addiction, she chose to stay. It is only through His mercy and grace that we are together today.
Thank you for reading. The next upcoming post will delve deeper into my journey as an addict.