I was 14 when my dad died and 22 when my mother passed away. Both were very young and their deaths were unexpected. Losing them had a huge effect on me as a young boy. I was angry, confused, lonely and so many other things, but one word sums it up-lost! I became addicted to drugs and alcohol and for 16 years, I rebelled against God. I was a horrible, selfish person and my life was meaningless. I was tired and didn’t feel I could continue with life and wanted to give up and had accepted that if I did not stop the way I was living, I might die. Around the first of December in 2011, I was at the point where God wants everyone to be- broken and ready to surrender. With a sincere heart, I cried out and met Jesus! Now my meaningless and worthless life is filled with joy and hope. God gave me strength and purpose. God gave me life where before, there was only death. Things were now2014 possible that had seemed impossible (Matt. 19:26). He snatched me from the fire and called me to serve.
I now have an opportunity to serve man and my community as a fireman in Ellisville, MS. As a born again believer physically and spiritually, I can help snatch others from the fire (Jude 22). God is my father, my savior, my portion, my redeemer and I have been set free!