David's Story

Meeting Jesus through the Christian Motorcyclists Association, David found that he was not alone in his struggles with addiction and as a previous victim of abuse

Meeting Jesus through the Christian Motorcyclists Association, David found that he was not alone in his struggles with addiction and as a previous victim of abuse

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I had 20 pounds left in my pocket,
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I had my motorbike.
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I put my sleeping bag on my motorbike
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and I left at half past five in the morning
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to go find an answer.
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And I wasn't coming home until I found that answer.
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My name's David and this is my story.
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I grew up in Northern Ireland, born 1967.
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And I always remember my mom saying that I was special and
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that
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somebody was looking out for me.
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In my early years,
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me and my sister were both abused by a family friend.
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And I just remember thinking,
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especially more my teenage years, I thought,
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"You know what?
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"Who is this God?
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"If I'm supposed to be this special person
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"why has this happened to me?"
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Through my teens I did drugs, did glue,
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I did pretty much anything to try and get me away.
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And then I joined the army.
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And that kind of changed things a wee bit,
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I went from drugs to alcohol.
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And then that kind of
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fizzled out, I left the army
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and I started up my own business, became very successful.
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And at the time my business was,
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me, it's all I wanted to do it was-
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This was my baby, this is-
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And then I ended up going bankrupt.
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And again, I resorted to
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more drugs, more alcohol,
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to the point where I had a breakdown.
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I overdosed.
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My marriage fell apart.
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And I just had to do something.
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From that point I started getting what I call
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my pokes and my prods,
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where I'd be sitting just not thinking about anything
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and then all of a sudden thoughts of
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God, Jesus, what my life was about.
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A friend,
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a friend,
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I hadn't seen her for quite a few years.
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I didn't know that she was Christian.
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I didn't know at the time that she belonged to the
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CMA, Christian Motorcyclists Association.
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So I rocked up, she says, "Look we're going for a spin.
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"Would you like to come with us?"
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So I rocked up there.
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There was 12 guys and girls with white crosses
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on their back and I followed this white cross
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the whole way down the motorway and I was just like,
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"Do you know what?
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"I can feel it now, it's like,
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"yeah, this is what I want to be doing with my life."
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For me was,
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the realisation that everything that had happened
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in my life to that point
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I realised that I wasn't the only person
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that this has ever happened to.
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And that's going from being abused as a child to
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my drug and alcohol to just,
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the chaotic-ness of my life.
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If it can happen for me it can happen for anybody.
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And I think, do you know, there's no one person
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that will not receive God's grace, do you know?
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But I think the hardest thing is you have
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to get over yourself, you have to forgive yourself.