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 andloved 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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