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I wanted to be happy like them.

"My life was chaotic."

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You could see it on their face. In their demeanor, and their body language. They had their life together. My life was chaotic. 

My name is Marc. I went to college. I worked enough to scrape by. I fell in with a group of friends and did what seemed to make them happy. You know, parties, alcohol, hanging out with friends. So, yeah, that became my lifestyle. After doing that for a while I was what you would say happy was. I ran into some problems with the law. I didn't stop partying. I didn't stop any of that I just it just continued if not I think it probably got worse. It’s almost as if I was chasing the happiness thing more and more. It’s almost like a paradox in order for me to get out of jail I had to put on an alcohol bracelet. Where I had reached the third D.U.I. and there is no way out of jail except by putting on that alcohol monitor bracelet. I was desperate. I knew I had messed up. I had messed up multiple times and I was in deep. I had ditched my friends and my social network. I was on the prowl and you know I just remember growing up seeing people come into my dad's restaurant you know after church. It would be families. I said, “you know that seems like happiness right there”. I made that my goal. I said, “I'm going to do with what they do.” People would come in and I would strike up conversations with them. I said, “do you want to do Bible study?” That's how desperate I was. They asked me, and they said, “Where do you want to start?” I said, I don’t know the Book of Mark?” I didn't even know it is the gospel. I knew my name had a book in the Bible. That's when I set out and thought, I’m going to find out who Jesus is. At that point, I did change. I was changed. I stopped using profanity. I stopped doing so many things I was making amends with friends and family that I had hurt. Life was good. Everything that I was searching for, the happiness that was searching for, I finally found it but it wasn't in a person, place, or thing it was in our Lord and Savior Jesus.

Marc - I wanted to be happy like them.

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