Random Acts of Kindness
Born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan.Canada 1945. Moved to Medicine Hat Alberta,in 1947,lived in the Medicine Hat area most of his life,except when he was running away from his drinking problem.From the age of 14 to 25 his life was a blurr from drinking. Alcoholism ran on his father's side of the family.....God only knows how many generations. In his early 20's Russ was generally a happy go lucky, fun loving person, and couldn't understand why he had these weird depressing feelings deep down inside.They felt like waves of torment and agony and they would come and go periodically.He decided to quit his job as a baker at a Woolworth Store in Medicine Hat and go else where and things might change. Before he left town an older lady he worked with, by the name of Tess, gave him a Bible. As they exchanged good-bye's,Russ mentioned he might be a singer someday.She replied politely,yes maybe in a church.Russ knew that would never happen...... because he hated sunday school when he was little,and now as an older person,even dreaded the thought of going,let alone talking or singing.Although he forced himself to go to church 3 times anyway thinking it might do something for those rotten feelings that were tearing him apart inside.However church didn't help.A girl he sat beside told him he didn't look like the type,and the preacher said to her he didn't care for the suit he was wearing. So Russ wound up in Red Deer Alberta,landed a job in another bakery,and lived in a small basement suite by himself with the Bible beside his bed which tryed to read but couldn't make much meaning out of any of it.Confused,and still drinking and mixed up and tormented by his inner demons he went to work daily and did the best he could. Then one night Russ had an experience he still talks about today 38 years later. One night while sitting on the edge of his bed in that dark little suite,a wave of these bad feelings started to manifest and torment him,the feeling was horriffic,very hard to explain,total hopelessness overcame him and he was desperate to get rid of it.At first he thought he should pray.Then he thought that would be kinda dumb,after all who would listen.He even felt embarrassed at the thought of praying. A battle in his mind was going strong. But out of pure desperation he decided to give prayer a shot. This is what he said,'GOD I DON'T KNOW IF YOUR REAL, OR NOT REAL, BUT IF YOU ARE REAL PLEASE TAKE THIS ROTTEN FEELING OUT OF ME! Instantly something like an electric current touched him starting at the top of his head and cleaned part of this bad stuff out,it felt so good all he said was ''again '' and the power went through him again,and the third time he said ''again'' and all the rotten feelings left...........He woke up the next morning feeling well slept and not knowing really what happened.He went to work on great sunny morning and the first thing he noticed was how beautiful the birds were singing.He got to work and a job he hated,(frying donuts) he couldn't understand why he suddenly loved it.For the first few days he did the work of 3or4 people combined,and just wanted to help everyone.At coffee time he went down stairs for his break and to have a smoke.He put the ciggerette near his mouth but couldn't light it,and to his surprise realised he didn't want to smoke anymore...no craving nothing,his friends noticed his foul language dissapeared as well,but Russ still struggled with alcohol for 2 more years. And these 2 years were shared with his wife Marg who he married shortly after this life changing experience.Back to that second day Russ went home and found to his surprise he could now understand the bible.One of the first things he read was in corinthians''behold you are a new creature in Christ the former things have passed away all things are new'''WOW!he said that's what happened to me! This book must be true!.Russ joined AA for about a year and found drinking was bad news,he remembered Paul's thorn while reading the Bible and decided that God's grace would be sufficient for him one day at a time to quit drinking and so it is for 38 years now. God's guidance has led Russ to write about 45 songs now,about addictions,family and his own experiences.Besides ''random acts of kindness'' he has 3 other albums, '' he restores'' the best is yet to come '' and ''ground breaking gospel''' has some comical and serious addiction songs on it.HE hope his songs will make a difference in some one some where,and from the sales of tapes and c.d.s in his local area it seems to be happening,as good reports are coming back.