Christ saves – and he saved me

I had a good upbringing and healthy relationships with my family and relatives. School was difficult for me because I wasn’t very academic – I was into sports more than anything. I started playing tennis, which led to competitions.

By the time I was in high school, I was getting into trouble. My parents and I decided it was best to remove me from school so I could focus on my tennis.

I was training seven days a week and personal training three days a week. It was a tough gig. After a while of competing and practising, I got the opportunity to play at the world championships in America.

When it was time to compete, I played in the first round of the world championships, but I lost. I was so disappointed in myself.

When I came back to Australia, I had a mental breakdown. I was in a bad way, and depression took over. After a while, my parents and I thought that it might be best if I went back to school.

I never fully recovered from the mental breakdown, so while I was at school, I started smoking marijuana. I was self-medicating to cope with the depression, anxiety and the shame I felt from not being successful in my tennis.

After I finished high school, my addiction to drugs slowly took over. One thing led to another, and I ended up in juvenile detention. By the time turned 18, I was addicted to methamphetamines, and I was sent to prison.

By this time, I wasn’t playing tennis; addiction had taken over and was my priority.

After years of addiction and jail, I’d had enough. It was either keep living in addiction, which leads to death, or surrender and get the help I desperately needed. I decided to apply for Teen Challenge SA and was accepted.

It was at Teen Challenge SA and in my brokenness that God saved me. I accepted the Holy Spirit into my heart and Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I formed a relationship with God, and by listening to his word, I was set free from the chains of addiction.

Through God, Teen Challenge SA has helped me in so many ways. My life has fully turned around.

I can’t thank God enough for what he has done in my life. One of my favourite Scriptures is 2 Corinthians 5:17, which means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person; the old life has gone, and a new life has begun.

Christ saves – and he saved me.