Many words could and have been used to describe me over the years including: “father, husband, and veteran.” Sadly, “alcohol abuser” has also been among those words. Throughout a large portion of my life I turned to alcohol for any reason I could find. If I had a success, I drank to celebrate. If I failed, I drank to ease the pain. And this was never a problem in my eyes. Drinking did not affect my work performance and I was relatively successful. Until the unthinkable occurred.
I woke up in a jail cell. All of the sudden my life could never be the same. Law school was out of the question, my marriage was on shaky ground, and I was for the first time in my life scared for my future. But in this time of despair, I found a silver lining great enough to save my life and my soul.
The night is far spent, and the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. -Romans 13:12 NKJV
See… I had gone to church my entire life. But I had never gone for the right reasons. I knew the stories of the Bible inside and out, but to me they were just that; stories. I believed in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, but I didn’t know exactly what that meant. It was at the depths of my life here where I decided to turn my life and my will over to God. I felt a light inside of me I had never really known before, and now the word “Christian” described me.
I have been blessed with an amazing church family that have supported me through the worst of times and stood by me during the good ones. If not for the love they showed me (John 13:35) I may never have understood what grace actually is. My spiritual journey finally began at age 34, despite having known God for all of those years. Today my faith is what drives and inspires me on a daily basis and has made all my earthly relationships stronger.
I stumbled upon OCR in 2015. My grandfather was terminally ill, and this scared me because he was always the strongest man I knew. I knew that I had to take better care of my body (1 Corinthians 6:20).
I never liked running, but I saw an ad on Facebook about a run that seemed to offer something more thrilling. It was a Spartan Sprint in Austin. I talked my wife into going with me. We finished 4 hours later; I was hooked, and she was done. In 2015 I completed a Savage Race and a Spartan Beast, followed by 6 more races in 2016 including my first Trifecta.)
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