My testimony

I was going to do a video but I wasn’t sure where to even start.  I had a very good upbringing and a very loving family.  I was in the Top 20 when I graduated high school and was very involved in my youth group.  I wasn’t very popular but had a very promising future and could have went to any college that I desired.  I had been playing and singing at church and one of the members of the church band and I decided that we wanted to start a rock band.  We started covering songs from Bush, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. We made our debut at the high school talent show.  Our first real show was at the skating rink I was working at and I was amazed at the response.  I was suddenly the cool kid.  I think this is where things really started to go downhill.  I suddenly yearned to be in the spotlight as the frontman.  That group dissolved once I graduated high school.  Soon I would start a Christian group with my brother and a friend.  We got to play with some of the biggest groups in Christian music and it seemed like we were doing the right thing.  However, I started hanging out with people from shows and at bars.  I wanted to feel accepted so I let other people influence me more than I influenced them.  My actions would eventually get me kicked out of the band. The next day, I started another band that did very well but every show would be followed by outrageous after parties where I would drink whatever I could get my hands on and sleep with whoever I wanted to.  This pattern went on for a long time.  It actually went on for about 14 years.  I was totally consumed with being a rockstar.  I liked being the center of attention and thought that I could do whatever I wanted.  This destroyed any relationship (friend or girlfriend) I had and eventually cost me my job and relationship with my daughter.  It wasn’t until my daughter gave me an ultimatum that I had to choose between her or the band.  I originally chose the band over her but realized the mistake I had made when I thought it was too late.  My daughter showed me God’s love and forgave me for being an absent father.  I was sitting on the couch at a friend’s house and began to shake.  Falling on the ground, I saw my life flash before my eyes.  I didn’t see the past but saw what appeared to be my future if I continued on the path I was on.  That day I vowed to never take another drink and have now been sober for 6 years now .  Jesus delivered me and gave me a fresh new start.  My torn relationship with my family had been restored along with my relationship with my daughter.  All that acceptance as a rock star doesn’t compare to the love I felt from my family and my daughter.  During my years as a musician, I never felt bad about any of the things that I did.  Once God revealed Himself to me, I was completely transformed to someone who truly loves others and doesn’t always think of just himself.  My life is filled with joy.  I now have wonderful people in my life and couldn’t be happier.  I truly believe that I am forgiven of my sins because of Christ’s death and resurrection.  He has given me a life I only dreamed of.  On November 19,2016 I married the woman of my dreams and have four wonderful bonus kids and a life I’ve always dreamed of.  I could go on forever, but I wanted to share my story with you.  You are never too far gone for Christ to forgive you of your sins and restore what once was lost.