"God either is or isn't. We have a choice to make."
That's from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. And it really is that simple. We can choose to not believe in God. To live in a man-ruled world full of selfishness. We can choose to believe that there is no plan for our lives. Everything happens by chance. We have no real purpose and we don't matter at all. And when we die, we go into a hole in the ground and it's lights out. That's it.
This is what many people choose to believe. And that's totally fine. We all have the right to choose. But I can't live like that. I can't live in a world of selfishness with no purpose, just waiting to be stamped out and forgotten. I need to believe. I need God.
I need to know that I matter and I have a purpose. I need strength from God and grace from God. I need the peace that comes from knowing God has a plan. I know I matter because of God and I'm not alone because of God. And I know when I die, there will be a place for me with God.
So I choose to believe. Not only because I need these things but also because I see Him working in my life everyday. To have it the other way only leads to a depressing life of misery and loneliness. I tried that life for a while. It did not work out so good. I almost died from trying to find other things to fill the emptiness I felt. Alcohol didn't work. Food didn't work. Tobacco didn't work.
The only thing that has worked is God.
I know now that God created me for amazing things. He wants me to be healthy and successful. And He is there always to give me strength. When I see Him doing little things in my life, it reminds that I matter. The same is true for you.
This is not a sermon. This is just me sharing what is working for me. I know how it feels to be depressed, miserable and alone. And I just want you to know there is a way out of that life. Don't be afraid to look up. It could change your life forever.