I no longer live in fear and depression because God has not given me a spirit of fear, but He has given me joy and the desire to have Him use me in any way He chooses to show people Jesus by living my life. I no longer want to be quick to get angry, so now I am choosing to be quick to love. Now I see the world differently, and recognize that God cries for the souls of His people, and we have to go out and be instruments that God can use.
Shortly after arriving at Youth-Reach, I made the best decision of my life. The staff at Youth-Reach demonstrated to me, with their words and lifestyles, what it means to live for God. I saw something in them that I wanted and I had to have it. I chose to surrender my life to Jesus Christ. I had an encounter with Jesus, and I knew vowing my life to Him was the only way to sobriety, true change and vision for my life.
When I look back at all of the things I have been through in life, I can say that there were a few “seasons” that stand out as absolutely defining. Youth-Reach would definitely be one of those seasons. A series of profound events lead me to a place where I was broken, exposed and drug addicted. For me, God’s pursuit of my heart and my time at Youth-Reach are synonymous.