I grew up in the Christian family that goes to church every Sunday, doesn't cuss and taught me to be kind to others. But I never really had a personal relationship with God growing up. It's always more like rules that I have to follow so that I don't get in trouble. Fast forward to high school, I was surrounding myself with the troublemakers because I feel accepted and it's a cool thing to do at that time. I was involved in drugs and alcohol and they become part of who I am. Every time I stressed out about something, I always run into those things and get my quick fix in. But those things only helped me for a short period of time and after that, I'm back to reality. I usually ended up feeling more depressed and lonely because I realized that I don't have any real friends that I can talk to about real things in life and got my back when I needed someone. The first thing that they offered was to get high or get drunk with them to fix my problems.
I started to think that I don't have a purpose in life and that I'm here to just pass time and eventually died. I also think that people don't like me for who I am, they only seemed to like me when I'm high or drunk because I would do some funny and crazy things.
But God changed my view of life completely when I met some people that showed me God's plan for my life. Ephesians 2:10 says that I am His masterpiece and He created mankind in His own image according to Genesis 1:27. He also has a great mission for us to do, which was to seek and save the lost. He has transformed my life into something that I never thought it's possible and blessed me with a family that I love so much. If God can change and transform my life, He can do it for your life too.
He has a great plan and future for you. Don't let the mistakes or past shape who you are now. God's love is bigger than your mistakes and past. Give God a chance to work in your life and you will be amazed at the great things that He can do through your life.