「我必用清水灑 在你們身上, 你們就潔淨了。我要潔淨你們,使你們脫離一切的污穢,棄 掉一切的偶像。我也要賜給你們一個新心,將新靈放在你們裡面,又從你們的肉體中除掉石心, 賜給你們肉心。我必將我的靈放在你們裡面,使你們順從我的律例,謹守遵行我的典章。

以西結書 36:25-27

學員 Walter 見證

          

I come from a scholarly family, with both parents having completed college. I attended a prestigious and competitive high school program, which required testing to enroll in. Furthermore, I was accepted into Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science school, one of the very best in the world. I started using drugs in high school, but at the time it was just marijuana and only a handful of times. However, after high school graduation, starting summer of 2013, it became a daily habit. Even worse, it eventually evolved into using multiple harder drugs. My drug habit lasted about seven years, and it’s negatively affected my performance in college. I was able to skim past the first three years with a minimal passing GPA, but when it came to my senior year, I’ve tried and failed twice at completing it. I had delayed all the final and rigorous courses to my senior year. Coupled with heavy drug usage and video game addiction, I found myself giving up in school more and more easily. I pretty much grew up playing a lot of video games, but it didn’t become a harmful addiction until it was combined with drug use. Miraculously, I did quit video games on my own, back in January 2020. But my drug addiction needed help.

My mother had found and first contacted Operation Dawn back around December 2018, but of course I didn’t want to go back then. Between then and now I had attempted and failed by senior year twice. I had even been reported to the police by my dad, jailed for a night, and charged with drug possession, but luckily the court case was dropped and expunged. The turning point was in August 2020, when I ran out of money for rent and went homeless for a few days. I knew I had to quit drugs or else my life might fall to a point beyond recovery. A few days later, I checked into Operation Dawn.

When I first came to Operation Dawn, I only expected to develop healthy habits and routines. I was an atheist, arrogantly thought that science disproved any possibility of a God, and had no intention of becoming a Christian. But over the first few months at the center, I read a lot of books and apologetics on Christianity. Slowly but surely, Christianity made more and more sense. For example, I initially thought that resurrection from the dead was impossible, especially in the scientific worldview of today. But I have since then learned that the historical evidence for the death and resurrection of a man known as Jesus Christ is too compelling to deny. Three months into Operation Dawn, I finally became a believer.

In addition to learning healthy habits, I have also found a greater purpose and meaning in life, all thanks to Christianity. We were all created by God, for the overall purpose of worshipping him. Whatever we do, we should do it in the glory of God. Although the Bible doesn’t reference addiction or drugs directly, it does frequently denounce sins such as idolatry, deception, and pride. I realize that drug addiction is very closely related to these sins, and this has helped me heal better. Before Christianity, all I thought about was chasing the next high and achieving only short term pleasures. After Christianity, I can now see and focus on the longer term purposes of life. This is especially true after learning that while our physical bodies are temporal, our inner souls stay eternal.

After I graduate from Operation Dawn, I plan to return to college and finish up my last year. After that, I plan to find a software engineering job and settle down somewhere and eventually raise my own family. I believe this will be possible since I now have a clear goal in life, and always I have God by my side.

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