Shame will take over my life if I’m not always on guard. It’s a battle I face every day.
The night I was arrested, a U.S. Marshal went out of his way to leave me with a message. He said, “Toby, you have a long road ahead of you and it’s not going to be easy. But don’t let this become who you are. You can rise above this. You are so much more than this crime.” His words sustained me through the darkest days of my twenty-seven-month prison sentence.
To survive, I had to slay my shame dragon. But that dragon is not totally removed. She just lies dormant, waiting for a crack in my armor. I can’t let my guard down, not even for an instant. You can slay your dragon too!