A Life in Progress
A Testimony from the Colony of Mercy
Meet Robert K.
The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Proverbs 4:19)
That is what my life has been like for the longest time. I grew up the youngest of three kids with two older sisters. My parents were divorced and my sisters and I lived with my mother, who was always busy working. I was able to do pretty much anything that I wanted to do. I was constantly getting into trouble. When I was about twelve, I started smoking cigarettes and hanging with the wrong crowd. By the time I was fourteen, I was drinking and smoking pot. I thought I had found my identity in reckless living with the attitude of “I have arrived,” or so I thought. As I got older I continued to give in to my every sinful desire I possessed – from drugs to girls to gambling.
My life took a twist when I was about eighteen. I had gotten into trouble and my sister took me in and let me live with her and her family. At that time, they shared their faith with me and I was presented with the gospel of Christ. It wasn’t long after that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. For about a year I was going to church, studying God’s Word, being mentored, and making Christian friends. That’s when I met a girl where I was working and started to spend time with her, and became physically involved with her. I put my selfish desires to please flesh above God. From there, my life began to spiral out of control and there was a snowball effect of sin. I started drinking and drugging again. I would lie, cheat and steal to satisfy my wants. All I knew was sin and it felt like my life was fading quickly.
I realized how my life would end in the worst possible way. I had been to multiple detoxes and rehabs. Someone in the last rehab I was at told me about the Colony of Mercy. I feel that was God’s way of bringing me out of sin. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). I have been a resident of the Colony of Mercy since February 18, 2015. During this time I have rededicated my life to Christ.
The easiest way for me to explain my situation is to say I had a hole in me, a void that only God could fill. A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent (Proverbs 15:5). The Colony of Mercy is where I received the correction I needed. I thank God for the Colony of Mercy at America’s Keswick daily. It truly is where God speaks to hearts and transforms lives.
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