Rising from the bottom to the top

I’m starting this story about a friend that I used to know. I’m not going to say his name but he was a good friend of mine, and he was good to my mom, but he was one of the dirtiest people on the block. He always stayed dirty. He was a crackhead like I used to be. His house, where his father and grandfather lived, was raggedy as hell; the ceiling was falling in when it rained. And, there were rats that would run past. They had to use buckets for the toilet. It was terrible, and it was like that for years, and people were always talking about him, but one thing I can remember about him is that he had a great heart; he was blessed, and he loved the Lord, and he loved us; he looked out for my mom when I wasn’t there, and when I got in trouble and couldn’t be there for my mom. He used to go to the store for her to get what she needed and kept her company every day. I knew he was a good person. He had cancer, and I have cancer.

I met this man after I haven’t seen him in about 5 years. He was in the program, just like I was. He’s looking good. He changed his life around. He’s married with kids, has a beautiful home, he has two cars, he works two government jobs and I’m sending him all my blessings. I want you to understand that God can change anybody. He is just that great. So, like I always say, stay clean and stay safe.

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