Timeless stories: Robert’s life of depression and suicidal thoughts was transformed into a life of purpose

When Robert discovered surfing in his early teens, it was a bright spot in a life that was otherwise dark and empty. He remembers, “I was insecure. I didn’t believe in myself, I didn’t think that I had value. What’s this life all about? … I couldn’t answer that question. I couldn’t answer, what’s my purpose in life?”

Prescription drugs abuse gave him a short-term escape from his thoughts but it came at a high cost. He remembers, “When I got into drugs, I stopped surfing. I stopped all water sports and stopped skateboarding, all these extreme sports that I loved. I was going from doctor to doctor, getting scripts. And I’d take – on some days I’d end up taking 60 pills within a day. And not even end up being in the hospital from that. It turned into other drugs, cocaine and some street drugs. I had daily thoughts of suicide. I had no friends because I had driven most of them away.”

After Robert had an encounter with God, his life has been transformed to one of fullness and meaning. The emptiness he endured for so long has been filled as rob put his life in God’s hands. Robert says, “I have a family, I have a wife a son. I have a job that I love. Just give God permission to work in your life because that’s where it starts. You’ve got to allow God to be God. In the end, God’s the only one who can fill that void. (Full story in video).

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