A new year is just a few days away and many of you reading this are looking forward to another year of sobriety. To those, I applaud you on your determination to stay sober. I know this has not been a easy road to travel. I want you to know that I will be praying for continued success throughout this new year.
There is another group of people I want to focus on and those are the ones who are having a hard time staying sober and those who have not yet chosen to follow the path of sobriety. I want to tell you an encouraging story that is being played out now. Before I go any further this man has given me permission to share his story with you because through he pain and wants to help others.
A few weeks ago I had a friend send me a message because he needed to talk. I sent him a message back wanting to know what was up. He said I need to call you. So he called and began to share his struggles with me. He has in the past sent texts saying that he was struggling and needed some accountability.
This time was different. He was broken! My friend went on to talk about his addiction to sex and pornography. He told me that this has been going on for 20 years and he was ready for it to stop. He has tried numerous times to quit but porn and sex just kept biting him over and over. He went on to confess that he has been with an escort recently and has done the same in the past. He told me flat out that he is tired of hiding, lying and just tired of his lifestyle. Over the past few weeks he has told his wife and pastor everything. His wife is hurt but she knows that he is struggling and is going to help see him through this. His pastor did the same. My friend is now if I am not mistaken as of today is 13 days sober. I am proud of him and the progress he is making and I looking forward to the progress he is going to make.
He was at one point recently to start a church plant and that fell through. He has a heart for ministry and has been ministering for several years. That is one of the main things driving him. He wants to recover and help those who are going through the same thing he has been dealing with over the years. I know God is going to heal and use him in some amazing ways.
This is NEW YEAR is the beginning of a NEW LIFE for my friend. If you are struggling with porn or sex addiction I urge you to take the first steps to sobriety. I doesn’t matter if you have been going through this for 1 year or 30 years there is healing and help. Just take it one day and one step at a time. Find friends and family who will love and support you in your decision to become porn free. This is not an easy process but it is one well worth the work.