Waylon was in a love affair with drugs and was trapped in a destructive trap. He would use energy drinks and methamphetamine to get through the day. Then later he would use beer and marijuana to help him get to sleep. He would have trouble waking up in the morning so he would use the energy drinks and methamphetamine to get going again. This cycle kept Waylon trapped and he was going nowhere fast.
Tragedy struck Waylon when his son died of SIDS. His entire being shifted. Suddenly morals went out the window and he was living a life with no holds barred. The cycle of drug usage became his escape. Selfishness became a way of life and in the pain relationships died. Among those relationships that suffered was one with another son who is now 8 years old. Waylon now deeply regrets the pain that he caused. But in the midst of all of this the worst relationship death was that Waylon had given up on God.
Waylon knew that God could take the pain away, but he kept trying to do it himself. The drugs became his god, his idol. Ultimately this idol took everything from Waylon and he found himself at the Gospel Rescue Mission.
At GRM he witnessed the staff and guests serving one another. He was surprised to see people lives being healed and real change taking place around him. Like most people he would have judged the men and women who are staying at the shelter, but now he says, “Really we need to walk in their shoes for a season. These are giving, loving people who will take jobs that no one else will. They only want to be seen and cared for.”
Where Waylon once only could see far enough into the future to where he might find his next hit he now has dreams.
The vision is clear in his head as he describes a house with land, clothing hanging on the line and children playing on a tire swing. He would have a loving and faithful wife that will respect him because he is a kind and generous man. In the dream he brings home game and fish from adventures that he hopes to share with his children to include his now 8 year old son that had been neglected for so long.
Waylon dreams of a restored life and is currently living a life full of hope.
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