Growing up, Simon refused to be corrected by his older brother who took care of him and his two siblings.
“My father died when I was 16 years old. My mother worked and lived in another province while we were cared for by our older brother. Thinking that we were all children in the house, I did not allow my brother to tell me what to do and what not to do. I also started hanging around with friends who were usually up to no good. Together we drank alcohol and went to parties on weekends. I came back home late at night and my brother did not like that. I paid no mind to him when he reprimanded me and continued doing as I pleased, because I thought he was a control freak,” said Simon.
Simon’s behaviour worsened after he found a temporary job. “I was doing grade 10 at school at that time. I felt that my brother thought he could control me because he helped me financially, so I wanted to earn my own money and make sure that I did not ask him for anything so that he would let me live my life. I spent my money on alcohol and girlfriends. I also paid for my bus fare to school,” said Simon.
After he completed his matric, Simon found a permanent job and his drinking worsened. “I drank every day and sometimes even during working hours. I became when I was drunk and the customers complained about my poor service. My employer was not pleased with my bad behaviour as it ruined down his company’s reputation. After attending a few disciplinary hearings at work, I then decided to quit my job,” he said.
Simon stayed home for one year without a job, a very difficult time for him. That was when he realised that there was something wrong with his wayward lifestyle. His aunt, a member of the Universal Church, invited Simon to the church after he told her he wanted to change his life. In 2013 he started attending the church services every. “It was after I started attending services that I understood that my brother wanted to give me good guidance, but I did not give him a chance. I regretted living my life in the fast lane because I was left without a job when I had money to finance alcohol and girlfriends. I stopped dating and parted ways with my friends because I wanted to spend more time in God’s presence without any bad influences. At a service, I heard about the resurrection power of God that was able to brings life to every dead situation and I took a risk and started my own car panel beating business. I had no doubt that it was going to work because I had God on my side,” said Simon.
As he continued attending services, Simon understood that God’s time was always the right time. “I made new friends, I stopped smoking and drinking. I became a man who respects his family and makes decisions based on the word of God and not the negative influences of misdirected friends. I now have the assurance of my salvation and peace inside me. My life is a true testimony of His resurrection power,” said Simon.
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