Life has knocked me down more times than I can remember – has also taken me places I never wanted to go. I have experienced misery, failures and addictions. But, there comes a time in your life when you choose to ride down a new road; a road once hidden in shadow that now shines with a DIVINE light. Life is too precious to waste it. Sometimes, losing your way can be part of the journey and helps you to set a new course, one in Gods hands that will give us more strength than we have ever know.
The Jesus Journey, Founder scott caraboolad:
My childhood was blessed with a loving, caring father and mother. Tragedy struck at age 17 when I walked in to watch my dad die on our living room floor. Hate, anger, and resentment settled into my heart. Over the next twenty years, I became a motorcycle rock star making millions of dollars and had everything my heart could desire. There was one problem- I was empty and miserable from morning to night. Despite a loving family, and every materialistic need met, I couldn’t figure out the purpose of my existence!
Not finding answers over the next few years, my emptiness led me into a deep and escalating drug addiction- from xanax to antidepressants to alcohol to painkillers to cocaine. Eventually, I ended up losing everything as my insane lifestyle led to courtroom dates all over the country. The extent of my misery is hard to describe. On October 4, 2011, I was absolutely done with my life. Walking out of court that day, I was not facing a criminal charge, but rather the end of everything hoped for in a productive (joyful) life. I was planning on not seeing the next day, I was truly done with my life.
Ironically, although I was totally defeated, my ego was still the driving force in my life! I experienced what I call the “Great Interception!” I decided to see my mother before ending my life. Sensing something terribly wrong, she insisted I attend an AA meeting with 100 other messed-up people like me. I was confronted by a tattooed young man (like myself) who I connected with and his message to me redirected my life. Miraculously, I not only restored my sanity, I did not end up going to jail on any of the past charges which were pending. My desire for addictive substances was totally removed.
Since then, my path has been redirected, and now my purpose and my mission to help others is clear. I have forged new relationships, been personally strengthened and have added to my family. I have been empowered me to pursue a new mission, Ride4Life, with the goal of sharing a message of love and hope with afflicted and addicted individuals.