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Because of Jesus, I learned to face the consequences of killing my friend—which included five years of probation and community service—with courage. I began to stand in front of other teenagers and talk to them about making good choices and the foolishness of drinking and driving. God turned my desires to make much of myself into a desire to make much of him. He enabled me to use my past and experiences to encourage others away from sin and toward Jesus. He transformed me, empty and lost and alone, into his very son, forgiven, full of hope and purpose. It has been a long and bumpy road for sure, but God has changed me and is still changing me.

While I still lack answers, I am confident that Jesus is the Son of God, that he is able to forgive sins, and that he is in the business of making broken people brand new.

Casey Cease is lead pastor of Christ Community Church of Magnolia in Magnolia, Texas, and author of Tragedy to Truth: A Story of Faith and Transformation (Lucid Books). Read more at CaseyCease.com.

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