Five Years to the Day

It's been five years to the day since I last posted here and looking back, I can say that it's been a hell of a time. Sure, there were some good days in there, some very memorable ones in fact, but so much has happened since I was last here. A lot of pain, a lot of struggling, a lot of enduring, but also a lot of overcoming. It seems more like ten years have passed as opposed to five. If I were to categorize it, I would say that I've gone through a cleansing. A cleansing of bad habits, bad behavior, and bad thinking, and now that I'm on the other side, I can honestly say that I'm a changed man. A rehabilitated man.

In some ways I feel like Red, played by Morgan Freeman in the movie Shawshank Redemption, because it feels like I've done hard time. Time that continued to evolve until I was willing to let go of every chain, every bit of deception, every person that had no rightful place in my life, every thought of defeat, every hindrance to my purpose, everything that kept me tied to a wrong path. And now the days are finally starting to feel brighter, like a true breakthrough is occurring. And I feel good. I feel at peace. I feel like God has removed his hand of resistance and that my time to walk in the fullness of his blessing has arrived. While I'm sure that there will be other life challenges, I can honestly say that I'm grateful for today.

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