Thursday, March 17, 2011

TRIPLE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

TRIPLE
ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATION!
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Okay, it’s finally here  — the mysterious day I’ve been publicly eluding to and counting down to for the last week. My Facebook “friends” have been abuzz for days, wanting to know — am I getting married? Uh, no! Am I going on tour with another platinum-selling band? HECK NO! Is my new book coming out today? Be sure, my next book is currently in development (and it’s flippin’ amazing), but I don’t expect it to arrive in stores for a little while. So what is it? Well, let me say that I have clearly indicated on Facebook that although today is of considerable personal significance, I honestly doubt it will have much meaning to many others. In fact, when I confessed my “little secret” last weekend to a woman who really pressed me for a (confidential) early “spoiler,” she scoffed — passionately informing me that I’m “boring!” So, with that morale booster in mind, here it goes…

CELEBRATION #1
For starters, this week marks the first anniversary of my blog. Over the last twelve months I’ve treated readers to my tidbits-o-brilliance regarding a host of random subjects ranging from music, movies and books to Starbucks meditations, breakfast cereal recommendations and Mexican pizza observations! It’s been a lot of fun and I want to take advantage of this opportunity to thank everyone who’s viewed this site over the last year and invite you all to stop by anytime, say “hi,” leave a comment, or if you’re really feeling brave, become an official “Follower.” So here’s to what I hope will be an even more awesome second year online!


CELEBRATION #2
Also, today (March 17th) marks my seventh anniversary living sober! That’s right, I work in the entertainment industry and I haven’t touched a drop of what I now consider, “soul poison” since 2004. So, does that make me a better person than anyone else? Certainly not. However, it does mean that I can account for (almost) everything I do — even at 4AM. I’m no longer a threat to anyone when driving home (also) at 4AM. And I don’t regret things I say to women (especially) at 4AM. I don’t wake up and immediately vomit. I now clearly remember events from the night before, AND I still have money in my pocket at — that’s right, 4AM! For me, it’s just an all ‘round better life being free of that “evil.” I don’t mean to preach — I’m simply sharing. And if anyone else is struggling with that “evil” and would like encouragement regarding sober living, feel free to reach out to me anytime through my personal email address. Remember, I’m NOT a licensed counselor, but I am a nightclub DJ, which is kinda the same thing. AuthorChristopherLong@yahoo.com


CELEBRATION #3
Finally, on this day one year ago, I found myself in a very “dark” place, both mentally and spiritually. It was an experience that junkies and alcoholics refer to as hitting “rock bottom.” But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be a junkie or an alcoholic to hit “rock bottom” or to have “demons.” And although I live a very public life, few people were aware of the depths of my depression as I became completely over-whelmed by my “demons” one year ago.

As I sat in my house, alone with a knife to my wrist, the phone rang — an “angel” was on the line. I’ll spare you the “boring” details (for now) and cut to the chase by simply saying, that “angel” led me to what I can only describe as a spiritual “awakening.” It was what those “weirdoes” refer to as a “come to Jesus” experience. Say what you will, but that experience was very profound AND very real. Simply put, I’m no longer the same guy I was prior to this day in 2010. I now live fully for Jesus Christ — yeah, I just said that! And I’m NOT ashamed to say it either. In fact, I’m now one of those “weirdoes” who reads the Bible at Starbucks every morning.


Once again, my intention isn’t to preach — I’ll save that for my next book. And like I said, I doubt anyone will have much interest in my revelation, I just merely wanted to share, as I celebrate my first full year of living out of the “darkness” and walking in the “light.” And anyone who has a “need” in their life is also welcome to contact me at my aforementioned email address.

As a result, you can show
others the goodness of
God, for he called you
out of the darkness
into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

FYI  — contrary to the comment the woman made to me earlier in the week, be sure that not only am I not “boring,” my life is happier and I’m rocking harder than ever, due to my amazing relationship with Christ. In fact, these days, I’M KICKASS — yeah, I just said that too!

-Christopher Long
(March 2011)


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8 comments:

  1. I quit drinking/drugging and living life hard and fast on 6/6/06. The date is significant and is the day I beat the devil. I understand the revelation. A great "relief"....nonetheless. Spirituality is an underrated emotion. Congrats on your new perception. Peace!

    Mark Healy (That 80's Band)

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  2. I was well aware of your sobriety date; however, not your "come to Jesus" date. I would like to say, however, through the years you have been a role model, a confidante, a mentor, an inspiration, and continue to be so. As significant as this is for you, and as insignificant as you may think this is for others, you would be surprised how many lives you have touched in the secular world and the Christian one as well. I thank you, because it is you that made sure I left that "poisonous" scene, and I now have everything I could have ever wanted. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SO MANY MORE! I love you and always will..you know the rest....

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  3. "Into marvelous light I'm running...out of darkness" - congratulations on your accomplishments - proclaim them to the world! A Christ-follower can be many things, but never boring!!! Thanks for lifting me up with your writings. :)

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  4. I've always thought you were an amazing person Chris. You have an "aura" around you that you might not be aware of. It's incredible, you're bigger than life. I'm proud to call you my friend. Paul and I aren't drinkers either, we sit many a Sunday morning laughing about how we don't have hangovers... It truly frees up your life. I agree with you, it's hard in the music industry to give up the juice. But a tall glass of ice cold fresh local orange juice on an early Saturday morning is heaven isn't it? Or in your case, coffee on a Sunday...
    Kisses and KIT
    Beverly Beach

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  5. Congratulations on all of the above! Keep doing what you're doing and walking in the light. You're one of the good ones.

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  6. Hi Christopher,
    I don't know you 'personally' but I'm sure there is no way you are boring. You had me hooked from your FB posting.

    Christ follower since 8/5/1990
    Sober since 7/29/2007

    Angel
    xxxooo

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  7. Hello Chris. Your words inspire more than you can imagine. It is exciting to see how the Lord is working in your life.

    God has given You a life story...Others will be blessed by hearing it...God wants to bless You for sharing it!

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