Mastin Kipp: The Greatest Miracle of My Life
That's exactly what happened to me a few years ago.I've always liked the sentiment of what J.K. Rowling said about rock bottom: "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." That's right, I've always liked the sentiment of this quote. But I can tell you that going through the actual experience ain't NO fun at all. It's a total bummer.
After a massive run as a young man in Hollywood, from being one of the youngest executives EVER at a major label, to working on the management team of a band that won GRAMMYs, to having all kinds of celebrities and top stores buy my clothing line, I had found myself at rock bottom. All the outward glory seemed to fade away like a distant memory, and I found myself face-to-face with all my dark thoughts that I had so masterfully suppressed for so long.
On top of that, when most people have a downturn, they move back in with their parents. Since my parents live in Kansas, that wasn't an option for someone who had fallen in love with Los Angeles. So I ended up moving in with my now-ex-girlfriend's parents—in the pool house. It was a great gift and gracious act from this family; the bonds of love tied us together, transcending any past transgressions.
The experience was one I'll never forget. Outside the pool house was lavish and beautiful abundance—a pool, a hot tub and a beautiful view. Inside the pool house was an 8-by-8-foot room with a small closet, shower and bathroom. Everything I needed. I felt like I was being shown something. What I felt was that the world was abundant (represented by my surroundings) but that I had not tapped into the power or possibility of how to create that in my life (represented by the supersmall room I was living in).
At first, I felt like this room was my prison. It wasn't until one day, about a month after living there, that I asked God, "Why did you put me in such a small room if so much abundance exists?" And the answer I got back was immediate: "Because this is the size of your faith."