I met him early one Saturday morning. He arrived early to help with the Sobriety Sprint being hosted at First Baptist Church by Hope is Alive. There was much to be done. I asked if he would help me get some ice from the family life center. He smiled and began to walk beside me. He soon fell behind. I slowed my pace so he could keep up. The obvious limp that he lived with was part of his story.
He had travelled down from the northern part of the state with his family in order to be a part of the 5k run. His brother lived at the Hope is Alive home in Weatherford. He had come to show support and encourage his brother. His wife was running in the race. He was working behind the scenes. As we filled the ice chest, I asked him to tell me his story. He was more than willing to share.
He had become addicted to pain pills after being severally injured in a car wreck. What began as a source of comfort turned into a monster that controlled his life. He lost his job. He lost his wife and children. The passion to get high dominated his life. After his second DUI, he ended up in jail, where he underwent forced detox as well as a very intense personal evaluation. At that point in his life he made the choice to make a change.
He stayed clean. He got a job. He remarried his wife, and they had another daughter. Eventually, he began participating in Celebrate Recovery in a town near where he lives. Initially, he made the changes without the aid of anyone but God. He made a personal choice to change and everything eventually improved. He is one of the most grateful men I have ever met in my life. He limps with great joy.
Until a person chooses to change, they will not change. When a person chooses to change, they will change. Our responsibility is to provide encouragement and help for those who choose to change. Our responsibility is not to change people who do not want to change. We simply cannot do so. Most people live as they choose to live and change when they choose to change.
God changes people! Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Do” Joshua 10:7-15
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday