Life after teen success hasn’t been easy for actor Kel Mitchell, the co-star of Nickelodeon’s ’90s comedy shows All That and Kenan & Kel. He explains on his blog that his life hit rock-bottom after his six-year marriage ended. Mitchell reveals that he turned to illicit drugs and eventually even contemplated suicide. His life was defined by “divorce, drug and alcohol usage … the loss of love ones to gang violence, debt, hurt, pain, vanity, lust [and] heartbreak,” he wrote. Mitchell, who is the grandson of a pastor, explained:
I wanted a way to give people on the internet some answers on how to deal with the everyday stress of life and how to be able to battle against the evils of the world using the WORD of GOD.I myself am learning more every day and working on being more like Christ, and learning how to spread his Love and his Word.
I have seen, felt and been in all types of sin and have been done wrong by others. I know how you feel. Don’t be lost anymore! Let go of your past. Be a new creature in Christ! I did! I let Him in and Life is GOOD now, my eyes have been opened. I have always known God but now I have a true understanding of who He is and why I am here and why God has kept me safe, and sinful ways are no longer around me because I am surrounded with the love of Jesus and I have allowed Him to make the decisions in my life. I study the word I worship His name with praying and song.
Mitchell explained to People magazine,”I was trying to figure it all out on my own. But what I needed to do was turn to Him. Once I found that clarity with Christ, I knew everything would work out. … I enjoy living this life. I don’t let things frustrate or worry me anymore. I don’t do that because I have peace in my heart. I have God.” You can read the entire blog post here.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury