After winning eight Grand Slam titles and earning millions of dollars, Agassi, (who was forced into playing tennis at a young age by a tyrant father who was driven to make his son a winner), tells of his tragic slide into drug abuse. Despite his enormous success, for most of his life he had followed the script that others wrote for him, and it left it completely empty. To him it felt like it was all a charade.
With no idea of who he really was, the man who once sported the advertisement slogan “image is everything” turned to heavy drinking and snorting crystal meth.
When asked on a sports radio talk show about how he quit using meth and eventually resurrected his life and his career, Agassi said it wasn’t like he said no to crystal meth as much as it was he began saying yes to something better.
Embracing something better it is central to how any of us break free from addictions that are destroying our lives. At times it can be hard to believe there is more to life than what we’ve been settling for in our addictions. But that is why faith often comes into play. Sometimes faith in the promise of something better is all we have to get us through (2 Corinthians 5:7).