It is never too late

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The birth of his first daughter should have been the best day of Wayne's life, but because of some selfish choices that was also the day his fiancée ended their engagement.

She returned his ring with a letter telling him he was not committed enough to be with her or to be their baby's father.

"I felt like a worthless human being so I started my downfall into meth and drugs," Wayne says.

Wayne had been no choir boy growing up. He had hated school and liked to rebel by wagging class and smoking cigarettes behind the wood work shed.

Although he had been brought up in church, it had never really made much difference in how he lived.

Following Wayne's disappointment, he and his house mates would spend all their wages on drugs each pay day for about eight months, until his parents came to rescue him and take him back home to live with them.

One Christmas, while away on holiday with them, he met and fell in love with Colby, whom he married in 2010.

However, being a husband, and then a father to another baby girl, was not easy for a hard-drinking, party-loving guy.

"I was a pretty poor husband and father. I was a liar, and unfaithful to my wife," admits Wayne.

"Drugs had taken me over. The meth had made me a not-nice person, father and husband. I wasn't there for my wife when she needed me the most. The last two years of my life I have spent really destroying my marriage," he laments.

When Colby finally packed up and left him, it was the wake-up call that Wayne needed to get his life straight, and he contacted Peter Lyndon-James of Shalom House, a Christian rehab facility in Perth.

"My journey so far in Shalom House has been an incredible one and I haven't looked back," Wayne enthuses.

Wayne and his younger brother both made commitments at Shalom House to give their lives over to the Jesus to heal and direct, and were then baptised in water as a public declaration of the inner commitment they had made.

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"It started a new beginning in my life," Wayne said.

"I realised that if I started doing good things and getting to know God, all the things that I had pushed away started to come back.

"I've seen a smile on my parents' face that I've never seen before and it was awesome, after everything they have been through."

Wayne was freed of his addiction to meth, cigarettes and alcohol, and his marriage was restored when Peter led Colby to make a commitment to Jesus too.

"Colby and I prayed together for the first time that day. It was something very special for me," he recalls.

"We have been married for six years this year and we are falling in love all over again. Our marriage is looking better than ever."

Wayne now sees hitting rock bottom and losing everything as the means God used to rescue him from his self-destructive choices.

And he has a message for other people who think that they too have made a mess of their lives: "God saved me. I asked for forgiveness and He forgave me. It's never too late, guys, just take the first step and trust me when I say this, 'you won't ever look back', because the drugs won't make it better, they only tear things apart.

"So I encourage you all, it's never too late to get better and change."

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