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Loving parents were part of my addiction recovery.

"The problem was that I believed in Jesus absolutely. I just didn't know Jesus."

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I grew up in the church and grew up in a great home. I'm so grateful that my parents prayed for me. We're always reminding parents to not give up on the kids and people around them. Just keep praying for them because God who starts a work, Philippians 1:6 says; “He will finish it," Which is my story.

I grew up in a great home, but in my early 20's got into using and selling drugs. The problem was that I believed in Jesus absolutely. I just didn't know Jesus. But after getting into a place where I just was trapped by addiction and my life was a wreck, I came to that place of just saying; "I have no clue what to do. I have no clue how to get out of this mess." To make a long story short, there's a lot of things that happened. So I started to read the word. I started to pray. I started to cry out to God and make it a discipline every day.

I've been 14 years clean all because of my relationship with God. I'd go to the grocery store and people could just tell in a minute there's something different about you. What happened to you? I'd say; "Man, I found Jesus! I started to hang out with God and I started to discover my purpose and live in freedom and forgiveness and hope."

I really believe in having that solid family and Mama's that pray for you and all of that kind of stuff. I just think for me to be playing music now it's pretty crazy. I remember my mom gave me a verse when I was in my early teens, which was Psalm 37. When we're signing autographs at the end of every night that's the verse I put down. It talks about delighting yourself in the Lord, giving your life to the Lord, making God the priority and watching God give you the desires of your heart and I believe that. I just didn't necessarily believe it for me when I was growing up. I said; "If I give my life to Lord he's going to make me go do something I hate or something I don't want to do." It was interesting, He just started to bring these desires and gifts and things that I didn't even know I had really. You know, I'm still doing it now. It's pretty amazing.

Chad Mattson - Loving parents were part of my addiction recovery.

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