“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
One of Josh’s favorite verses.
While at Guiding Light, Josh found a way out of his temptations. He found the tools and ability to stand upright again. Now, with Christ at the center of his life, all things are possible.
“When I came to Guiding Light I was an emotionally broken person. After relapsing, yet again, I lost my job, my responsibility of maintaining my grandmother’s house, and the opportunity for my daughter to live with me, all in a single day.
“As I walked along 28th street on my way to an AA meeting, there was a thunderstorm behind me, dark clouds in front of me, and a blue sky above me. I remember looking up and telling God I was done. I told Him I didn’t know where I was heading with my life; and, that if He had a plan for me I wish He would show me.
“Two days after that, I was accepted into the Guiding Light Recovery program. I didn’t think I needed a program, but I made a decision to surrender and apply myself while I was here. I knew the decisions I had made by myself had only brought me misery, so I decided I would trust God. The program, the mentors and staff at Guiding Light have helped me to see myself in a different way, the way that God sees me. The genuine concern and care of the staff and the information that I got from the classes have helped me to grow in my relationship with God. It has also helped me to stand in the fact that I am a new creation in Christ.
“Throughout the program I had many jobs. I started in maintenance, cleaning toilets and mopping floors, worked as a security manager, and as a house man. All of these jobs helped me to grow in my interpersonal skills and dealing with different personalities.
“I finished the Guiding Light Recovery program two weeks ago, and was hired the same day as a Food Service Manager. The relationships I have gained since coming to Guiding Light are invaluable. I am very thankful for everything the donors have done for me.
“I now regularly attend a local church and a weekly men’s small group. I truly have people in my life that I can call friends and turn to with my life problems. My relationship with my family continues to improve and they have seen a dramatic change in me as a man and as a father. One of my main goals now is to give back to the men that are now in the program at Guiding Light by sharing my experience, strength, and hope. Some of my future goals include continuing to work with men in recovery and I will be attending GRCC in January to start working towards my Human Service and Social Work degree.
“One of the Spiritual Director at Guiding Light teaches Gods Way of Success. He said something that stuck with me throughout the program”, “if we seek God’s will He will bless us in achieving whatever goals we set for ourselves, we will always be successful as long as we don’t stop trying.’”
Don’t stop trying, Josh.
THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17