I struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years. I was always trying to get clean, but was never able to succeed. I'd take two steps forward only to stumble backwards three or four. I felt empty inside and I knew there was something missing. One day after a five-day drug and alcohol binge, I cried out to God, "God, please help me."
I've always believed there was a God. I had spoken to him throughout my life, especially, when I was in trouble or needed something. And boy, did I need him in that moment.
30 days clean turned into 60. 60 Days turned into 90 and so on. Today, I’ve been clean for over 15 years. I'm Grateful.
Once I got free from my addiction, I was able to focus long enough to make money illegally. I had lost so much to drug abuse that I felt like selling drugs was my only way to catch up.
With five years clean under my belt, I was making large amounts of money, the likes of which I had never seen before.
Five hundred a week turned into one thousand a week. One Thousand a week turned into ten thousand a week and so on.
I realized I had been trying to catch up my whole life. When I was a kid, all I wanted was for my parents to affirm me. As a teenager, all I wanted to do was fit in. As a young adult, I used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. As an addict, all I wanted to do was get clean. When I did get clean, all I wanted to do was catch up. While catching up, all I wanted was more.
I could recall sitting in my huge house, on my huge couch, watching my huge TV and feeling miserable. That’s when I had the realization that changed my life. "You can’t fill a spiritual void with things of the physical."
That’s the moment that I surrendered and said, "God, whatever it means to serve you, I want to serve you."
I began to see a change in my life. Shortly after the change, I sold my home and opened The 3Sixty House: A transitional house for recovering addicts trying to transition back into society, that houses as many as 54 people at a time.
Two years later, it was 2008 and we had helped dozens and dozens of addicts. I was running out of money. I prayed, "God, you have to throw me a bone here."
A few months later, I was swimming in my friend's swimming pool in Orlando, FL, and it hit me, "I’m gonna make some cool tees!" I walked out of the pool dripping wet, walked straight into my friends home office, grabbed a napkin and started doodling. Three minutes later, I was staring at the Grateful Flow logo. That was the beginning of a journey that would change the course of my life and many others. Grateful Apparel had been birthed. The Grateful Apparel Family is yielded and committed to the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:16-20, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave the disciples a commission: “The Great Commission.” Here at GRATEFUL APPAREL we are geared towards helping those in need via The 3Sixty Houses.