A Life in Progress
Meet Mark D.
I was born in 1989. I grew up in Brick, NJ, which is in Ocean County. I went to a Christian school as a kid, until the fifth grade. I always felt that I grew up in a good family and learned good morals in life. I always did well in school and was at good at sports. I had a few real friends who I can still talk to. Towards the end of my fifth grade year, my parents told me that they couldn’t afford to send me to private school anymore and would need to put me in public school. It was like my whole world had suddenly changed. Right away when I started public school I found myself doing whatever it took to fit in with all these kids who had been friends for years. I pretty much instantly fell away from God.
Once God was out of the picture, I started taking everything to the extreme to try and fill the void that I had in my heart. When I realized it was hard for me to be social and talk to people, I started filling my time with other things like lifting weights, skateboarding, guitar, and many other things that I took to the extreme. Even when I became the best at all of those things, it wasn’t enough for me and I needed more. Toward the end of my high school career, I started to do drugs and thought that was the answer to all of my problems. This had been what I was missing for all of those years. I could finally be social and fun to be around. I also thought it made me a much better worker and a better employee.
After some time, I noticed it taking away my family, my friends and my girlfriend. It started to become too much for me to handle and I eventually lost my job. I was sick all the time, and depressed all the time. I finally decided that maybe I should go to rehab. I went to three different rehabs and finally thought I had this thing beat. I went straight from the third rehab to an Oxford House, and lived there for fifteen months completely sober. Everything that I lost was suddenly coming back into my life, but even after I got everything back, I still had that void in my heart without God in my life. So I ended up relapsing again and again lost everything.
After ending up in a hotel in Seaside Heights, I realized I really needed to try something different. I found out about Keswick and something just caught my eye. I knew it was where I needed to be. Shortly after coming to Keswick, I accepted the Lord into my life. I fully devoted myself to God. I was quickly lifted out of that pit of depression and sin that I had always lived in. I now realize without God in my life I am nothing and can’t accomplish anything. I am truly looking forward to living the victorious life and walking in righteousness with God.
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