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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)
TITLE: FOURTEEN TIMES
By darrell darden
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“Welcome to Revelation House, my name is Darnell Wade I am the senior counselor and I am also a graduate of Revelation House.” “For you new comers you first time in rehab guys, I implore you to make it your last time, relapse is not a necessity.” “For my old friends I say it is never too late to turn your life around. I myself am a chronic relapser. I went into rehab fourteen times before I came into the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life. He is more than able to set you free from any addiction you might have.”
As I looked out over the class I noted the young former corner boys mandated to the program by the court system. There they sat, reluctantly, giving off plenty of attitude. None believed they were supposed to be there and none believed they were addicted. When asked what their drug of choice was most said “I don’t do drugs, I smoke a little weed, and drink a little Hennessey is all.” Although they admitted to not being able to get up in the morning without smoking a joint or go to bed without a joint or functioning in society with out being high they some how separated themselves from “crack heads” and “ junkies”.
I looked out at them and I saw myself in my first rehab. There only to please others because I really didn’t have a problem. First I went to secular programs, sometimes for a rest and sometimes because I was homeless and didn’t want to stay in the shelter system. Then I started going to Christ centered programs, mostly because the food and treatment were better. As for Jesus, that was for old folks, something you did before you died so you could go to heaven. Then there was the fourteenth time, right here at revelation house, this time I was tired and broken. I had lost everything, family, friends and career. It was only by God’s grace I was alive as the enemy tried to kill me many times in my addiction. I was ready to listen, just who was this Jesus and what could he do for me? I’ll tell you what He did. He delivered me from “crack” cocaine and the bondage of sin. Fourteen times it took me to grab hold and now I look out on another class of young men standing on the precipice of drug addiction and all the pain that entails. so I pray for them, then I say “give it to Christ now!!”, but alas I start to cry because I already see it written on some of there foreheads FOURTEEN TIMES. I Hope they make it.
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