Gord battles alcohol addiction. This is not his first nor his second time in our program. But, like him, who among us has never failed at something at some point in life? The thing that blesses us about this man is that he never stays down when he falls. “I won’t quit my journey to recovery if I slip. I’ll keep seeking help,” he shared with me.
He has the right attitude. The Bible speaks about those who failed, but there are no failures. I noticed something different about Gord’s resolve this time. Here was his response to my observation. “This time, I’m learning what it really means to be a believer. I’m yielding to Christ and not to my flesh.”
His chaplain, Mark, commented, “Since I’ve known him, this is his best time in our program.” Gord returned to our program on May, 2017 and has been sober and clean since then. Those that constantly battle alcohol addiction know how difficult it is. Yielding to Christ and sobering up has shown us another other side of Gord. He has the right attitude. He does not only complete his chores, but also helps other residents with theirs whenever he can. “My relationship with Esther (his beloved) keeps improving,” he also gladly shared.
We have three advancement phases in our men’s recovery program. As the senior chaplain, I take our advancement process seriously. When Gord advanced, it was such a blessing, as he was well prepared for it. In the chapel, he gladly shared with us what God has done in his life and continues to do. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray for him and the other men in recovery.