and habits take them far beyond anything imagined when they
rst ventured into the alluring world of addiction. Later, unable to
think about anything else, addiction becomes their constant dark
companion ruling their lives. What once seemed a generous friend
now is a menacing dragon seeking to destroy their very existence.
rough the years, I grieved watching many ne people standing
on the decks of their once hopeful and beautiful lives, only to slip
into the deep, dark, icy waters of ruin. e damage is catastrophic to
spouses, to children, women, men, churches, and communities.
In 35 years of ministry both in South Africa and the United
States, in every people group we assisted, addictions in one form or
another aicted all our churches. Pastoring ten years in the United
States, and serving as a Fire-Police-EMS Chaplain, witnessed the
same tragic consequences.
A young man, buckling to peer pressure, tried Spice. e synthetic
marijuana opened the dragon’s door leading to Josh’s destruction.
Witnessing his alarming rapid downward self-destructive spiral was
a traumatizing experience for many involved. e pain and misery
inicted upon parents, family, and friends were, well quite honestly,
beyond description. Josh will never recover to what he once was.
Personally, raised in an alcoholics’ home, both mom and dad,
addictions of every kind aicted and wounded us all. As I look back
over the years, trauma lled all our lives from the youngest to the
oldest. My sweet wife of thirty-eight years shares a more egregious
Whether opioids, alcohol, illegal drugs, porn, gambling, or social
media, addiction pushes many into untold misery and destruction.
Most addictions, not all, begin with a single decision to cross over a
boundary into unknown horizons of intrigue. Of the many encounters