Brant’s Story: How long will you limp between two Gods?
What are you counting on to bring you fulfillment? For Brant Landry, the answer to that question was a little bit of everything, except God. But that all changed when Brant realized he was about to lose everything he cared about.
Three years into his marriage to Jenny Landry, Brant says he started searching for feelings of fulfillment in other places. Instead of spending time with his family, Brant found himself working more and hanging out at happy hours around Dallas.
“All of a sudden, I'm at happy hour for client events four or five times a week meeting buddies or coworkers for drinks after work,” Brant says, “And then, heavy alcohol consumption would lead to other things, such as infidelity.”
Before he knew it, Brant found himself in a cycle of shame and regret that nearly cost him everything, his career, his kids, and his marriage. But it was here, when he hit rock bottom, that Brant says God grabbed him by the shoulders and woke him up.
“He grabbed me by the shirt collar and said this isn’t the life that he had planned for me,” Brant says. “I checked into a rehab facility. That probably saved my life. It certainly saved our marriage.”
Through rehab, Brant learned a truth about God that would ultimately come to shape his recovery: God loves us no matter what. Brant decided once and for all to stop chasing all of the things he once thought brought him fulfillment: money, careers, and women. Instead, he went full throttle after the one thing that could actually complete him and fill the empty space in his life, God.
“I’m 100-percent convinced there is only one way to fulfill it. And that’s to get rid of all the stuff that prevents you from having a relationship with God,” says Brant.
After months of recovery and witnessing Brant’s growing relationship with Christ, Jenny slowly began to see the light at the end of the tunnel for their marriage.
“The first place that I saw the biggest difference was with our kids,” she says. “I remember the first couple of times when he finally came in the door and they would run to him and say, ‘Daddy, Daddy, we’re so glad you’re home!’ And I thought, oh, they didn’t do that before.”
On their tenth anniversary, Brant and Jenny celebrated a vow renewal service at Highland Park United Methodist Church.
“It was the perfect expression of what a marriage really is supposed to be,” says Jenny. “Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice that you have to make every day.”
“Our marriage isn’t perfect today,” adds Brant. “It’s a great story, but we work at it all the time. There’s still healing going on, a lot of work to be done… But that’s our marriage from now until we leave the earth. It will be a work in progress.”