Category Archives: God

Still in rehab – Now What?


From that point on I decided to change my confession from addict to, I am a born again Christian. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what that meant exactly, or what I was supposed to do with myself. The only thing that I was certain of was, that I was alive and going to be well. Things would never be the same again.

The therapists in the rehab suddenly became very concerned about my sudden change in attitude and new zeal for life. They even made me take drug tests as they were convinced that I was still on something. Somehow with all their experience, they could not comprehend that the saving power of Jesus had, saved me…

The next few days proved to be very interesting as the therapists found more issues with my approach to my old habits and the way forward. After all, I was cured…

As always.
Love and respect
G

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Life Begins – The truth


Thirty years old, with nothing but a kit bag and what you could call a hectic past. I have something else, something very valuable and powerful enough to change everything.

You may ask yourself – What exactly is the truth? A question answered in a multitude of ways. This is mine…

Some other words for truth are: reality, certainty, genuine, legitimate, honest and loyal. It is no wonder that through history people have fervently pursued and tried to figure out what the truth is. Maybe, this is because we were all created to believe in something much bigger than ourselves and what we can see on this earth.

The Truth is a light that shines and illuminates every shadow that clouded or darkened your mind. It brings with it answers and clarity to questions that you could never with any certainty realize or understand without it.

In my case, I just stopped asking. I was completely sold out to the fact that there are just no answers outside of the here and now or what can be seen or felt. My way of dealing with this was quite simple. I became fully dependent on stimulating my body and soul. I ran from my meaningless existence intoxicating myself with anything I could get my hands on. This continued for a good decade of my life without taking a break, not even for a day. I became a good and faithful servant to the substances and activities that I called master. Don’t get me wrong. I really thought that I was on top of the my game. A tough guy, respected enough and maybe even feared by some. I thought that I was able to handle anyone and anything that came against me and somehow, I did. I suppose in a way, being emotionally anesthetized made it very difficult for me to get hurt. Or at least that is what I thought.

While at the height of this state, something truly amazing happened. The Truth found me and I realized that I had run out of places to hide from it. I realized that I had a problem that was far bigger than my ability to fix.

This is where my story begins…

Friday’s Word of the day


OK I am starting a Random G tradition here, in prep for tomorrows prayer meeting. A Quick verse for the day.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

If you can guess the verse reference you get the day off 🙂

As Always.
Love and respect.
G

People don’t roll over and die.


I wanted a message to post with my Easter well wishes to you all.

ChildworkingThis is a post about survival – not lack, not child labor, but rather it is a message about triumph and success.
While walking through the streets of Kolwezi, taking in the noise, smells and textures of the ground, looking for a topic for today’s post, I saw these kids and thought, AH HA! I know what I am going to write about today.

I started planning my Human Interest Article about poverty and pictured being interviewed on CNN for the great work I do. However, after some thought I realized, that is just not me. I don’t want to write about poverty and misery.

So here goes…
As we sit in our offices, studies or houses, hitting the internet with fervent passion, we assume the role of creator. We create wealth, relationships, followings and movements. We are important and respected, loved, or in some cases, hated. Our ideas are relevant and informative. What fun – We have lives filled with substance. We live in castles and have lands. Sitting where you are right now while reading this, take a moment and think: What if I lost my job or my ability to create wealth? What would go through your mind?

    • How would I pay for my home?
    • How would I pay for food and clothes for my children?
    • How would I get from point A to B?
    • How are we going to live?

These are a few of my questions. Although I don’t know how to even begin answering them, I look at the photos in this post and hear the words “PEOPLE DON’T ROLL OVER AND DIE”. I realize that I won’t and my family won’t ether. We are all winners, survivors and creators! The Bible actually suggests that we were created with the same kind of creative ability as God Himself.

These little children call hard labor in extreme conditions normal. Isn’t that incredible? Doesn’t that give you hope? It is by the grace of God that you were born in a different time and place to these people and it would be by the same grace that you could rise out of any circumstances that you may find yourself in.

How many of our heroes come from rock bottom? Greatness is definitely spawned from disaster, lack or desperation. In fact, I honestly believe that it is our comfort that consistently keeps holding us back.

My Easter wish for you is that you keep pushing! Don’t settle, and don’t fear failure. Tell yourself, I WILL NOT ROLL OVER AND DIE! I am a creator, a survivor and a winner!”

I just want to give a special shout out to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savoir. Without You I would surely have not survived my life of drugs and crime. You will always be the ultimate Hero.

Thank you kstorm for helping me edit this.

Love and respect.
-TRG

Divine Health


A concept often used in Christian circles, suggesting that sickness and early death has no place in one’s body. What a fantastic Idea!

Definition
Divine

1. of or pertaining to a god, especially the Supreme Being.
2. addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God or a god; religious; sacred: divine worship.
3. proceeding from God or a god: divine laws.
4. godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity: divine magnanimity.
5. heavenly; celestial: the divine kingdom.

Health
1. the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one’s health; to lose one’s health.
3. a polite or complimentary wish for a person’s health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
4. vigor; vitality: economic health.

Based on these definitions it is safe to suggest that Divine Health simply means God like soundness, vigor and vitality.