By Reni M. Valenzuela
Why do people have to be saddened about it?
Oscar De La Hoya checking himself into a rehab for substance abuse which addiction began with marital infidelity is a step in the right direction. Such is a very positive news and a reason to be joyful about especially for his family and loved ones, including his followers and fans.
It is not as simple as it may seem for any high-profile personality to voluntarily enter a rehab institution and announce it to the public. There must have been some light from above that struck De La Hoya similar to that which spotted upon Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus.
De La Hoya confessed: “After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws.”
Golden Boy is right on track!
The truly sad and lamentable condition is the “hidden plight” that persists among athletes in every sport nowadays. Athletes who are hooked into drugs, alcohol and other forms of vices which effectively get in the way of their success as viable players in their chosen field of competition. And, worse, they are deep into “high” pleasures blind-folded to the havoc it would cause not only upon their career as sportsmen but also on their personal lives.
De La Hoya’s story is that of a pagan coming to terms with the reality of his godlessness and utter helplessness before a forgiving God and a loving Father seated in the Throne Room of Grace. The Good Book shows us how indescribable “partying” occur in Heaven and how hosts of angels up in the King’s majesty rejoice over one sinner who comes home to repent in contrast to those who have been taken captive in the dungeon of everlasting darkness and trapped in the evil devices cleverly set up by the god of this world for those who refuse to believe. And, worse, they think they need no Savior.
But far more than rehabilitation and reformation, De La Hoya needs transformation. The same Resurrection power that changed Saul into a great Apostle Paul and unshackled a Reni Valenzuela from numerous vices and indulgences of the youth way back then as a young man, is the same unchanging power that can save and transform an Oscar De La Hoya and the rest of the world into becoming celestial wonders and earth’s new creations.
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