God intends everyone to be successful in life, according to His plan and destiny for each person. He wants our lives to shine with His love and glory. The Alternative Plan is my testimony. Even though I was a renegade, God restored me, after I had spent years running away from Him to pursue an independent life. The early influences that shaped my outlook on life were based on poverty, a fear of failure, and a need for affirmation, security, and love. As a backslider, I relied heavily on my intellect, rationale, and professional accolades to succeed. I spent years wearily pursuing an empty, meaningless lifestyle based on ambition, self-reliance, and self-focus. But the Lord, in His goodness and mercy, led me through many difficulties to a secure place of complete trust in His lordship. No matter how many mistakes you have made or how far you have walked away from the Lord, God has not changed His plans for you. God can still realign your life to fit the plan He intended for you.