I could not have done this on my own. It is only by the power and the grace of God that I can make such a claim. All the credit, all the glory, belongs to God. And yes, when I say God, I am talking about God as he is revealed in the Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian Bible. My “life message” is all about; recovery, restoration, and renewal, by faith in Christ.
“Nothing of great and lasting value ever comes easy;
a price must be paid, a sacrifice must be made.”
In July of 1999, I made a decision to begin working the 12-Step program of recovery as outlined in the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. The “Big Book” led me back to the “Good Book” and helped me to believe, know, and trust Yeshua (Jesus). And He is not just my Redeemer; He is also Lord of my life.
Now to be sure, without the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I probably would have died an alcoholic death. Yet I firmly believe that had I not chosen to surrender to the One true God of ALL creation, I probably would have died a slow, miserable death; full of remorse and self-pity.
Today I live free from the insanity that haunted me for over 30 years. Today I have the pleasure and the privilege to freely pass along what has freely been given to me. And I am not just talking sobriety here. Moreover I am talking about practicing the spiritual principles just as they were practiced by the founders and pioneers of A.A. — all of them being based upon a solid foundation of a living and active faith in the Son of God.
It is my prayer that everyone who finds themselves unable to tame the beast within, will come to know the Prince of Peace and release from all the pain and sorrow that for so long has been impossible to overcome. And if you haven’t already, it is my hope that you will discover what I (and thousands like me) have discovered — the greatest treasure of all time — a new and abundant life in Christ.
Grace and peace,
Karl D Rhoads