My purpose as I believe it to be is to allow my trials to help others who struggle as I have. Being around music my entire life, it served as a means of survival I frequently turned to for peace, and a trial through the addiction recovery process was no different. I heard songs that spoke to me and strengthened me not to give up. I have recorded a collection of inspirational songs some of which I heard during my addiction recovery journey. As I share my story and songs coupled with my testimony of the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ, I know that others can also realize that same power.
Paul, Mark and Jonah weren’t useful to God because they always did as the Lord commanded. They were beautiful and useful to God because they could remember being easily beset by sin. God needs broken people to help broken people. I can be helpful and useful to God because of the many tears I’ve shed for my mistakes. Step 12 in the addiction recovery handbook states, “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, share this message with others and practice these principles in all you do.” As I move forward and continue this polishing and sanctifying process we call life, I am going to follow the this advice: “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal YOU and your story will heal somebody else."