I’ve spent most of my life in church knowing Christ as Savior, but never as Lord. My faith was always in the faith of others; I never stood on my own. Needless to say, I came to the point where I stopped seeking God for myself. This led to me getting involved in a number of things. >> >> It started out with me just hanging out, going to bars, and drinking alcohol. From there I experimented with drugs and eventually began selling them. >> At this point, nothing really mattered anymore: not my wife nor my children not even my job. Needless to say, my wife and I separated. The glamorous nightlife I upheld was only to camouflage the emptiness I felt inside. To all my friends, I was “the man”, but only I knew that I went to bed and cried some nights.
The type of life I led only leads to two paths, death or jail, and I ended up with the latter. Because I lived such an openly flamboyant lifestyle, I was a target of a sting operation. When I was busted, not only did they charge me with several counts of trafficking and possession but they also had videotaped evidence against me. I was facing over 20 years having to serve a minimum of 5 years. Things were happening so fast it was as if I was watching someone else’s life, but waking up in jail let me know that it was my life. The weeks I spent in jail were the jolt I needed to bring me back to reality. Fear gripped my heart at the thought of spending the majority of my adult life behind bars. After making bond I was determined to get my life straight. I didn’t stay strait because I returned back to the same environment and still thought that I could change "myself".
I was in a bar one night and man came and sat beside me. He looked at me and said.. "What are we doing here?" I said "I don't know man". I looked up again and he was gone. I asked the doorman where did the guy go? The doorman said there was no guy!
My brother-n-law showed up at my house one morning and sat down in my living room with me and my wife Brenda and said" God still has a plan for your life". He then looked at me and asked me to ask Brenda to forgive me for what I put her through then I asked God to forgive me from turning away from Him.. The PRESENCE OF GOD filled My living room and I fell on my knees. From that day of May 5th 2001 I never was the same! I worship, study, pray and fast consistently to this day because I fell in love with Jesus. >> >> More than a year passed when my case came up for the drugs charges.
My brother-in-law(my Pastor) used to be a deputy sheriff and when he was researching my case, he found out the arresting officer was someone he formerly worked with. He talked with the officer and explained how I’d turned my life around and had become a new person. The day of my court case, I appeared in court. We stood before the judge, he asked questions and I had my say. After I spoke the judge said... "You don't seem like the same man in this conviction". The judge then looked at my brother and asked, “Don’t I know you?” I couldn’t believe it! The judge remembered from when my brother was a deputy sheriff. My brother told the Judge that he was now a Pastor. The judge gave my brother space for words and he told the judge how my life has completely turned around. The judge replied to my brother by saying, “We need more Pastors like you. The judge then gave his verdict...."20 years suspended to 2 years probation and a $100 fine.” God had just given me back 20 years of my life! >> Because of the nature of my crime, I lost my driver’s license. Both my Brother and I went down to the DMV after getting permission to have a provisional license. When we got there, we discovered the woman behind the counter went to school with my brother. She then said she would try to rush the process, but she would have to take the information upstairs to have a manager sign.
After a few minutes, a DMV manager came downstairs with my information in her hand. She had a weird look on her face as she approached me. She looked at me and said, “Sir, I don’t know you, and I hope I don’t offend you, but when I looked at your picture, I did not see your face... I saw the words "SECOND CHANCE” written over your picture,.... God told me to tell you that you have a "SECOND CHANCE IN LIFE"! I relieved her apprehension by telling her I was a Christian, and then told her my testimony and we quietly praised God at the DMV.. ( lol)
Throughout the whole ordeal, God was showing me He was there. But it wasn’t until I opened the door of my heart to let Jesus in that He delivered me and taught me to trust Him. So now, I’m on Page 2, the second page of my life, totally surrendered to God.