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Free at Last

by Victor Johnson
June 2008

We all have certain struggles and weaknesses in life. For some it’s hatred, wrath, or even strife. For others it’s envy, drunkenness, or even murder. But for me it was the lust of the materialistic world. At one time I had everything that I had ever needed, or so I had thought. I had a caring wife, a beautiful baby girl, a nice house, a nice car, and a good job. Although I had all of these great things, and had the “perfect life,” I knew deep down that I was imprisoned. Something was restraining me and holding me prisoner.

Slowly, my world started crumbling all around me. By 2004, my wife had left me and we got a divorce. By 2005, I found out that the most precious thing in my life wasn’t even mine. Although in my heart that little angel will always be my baby girl, a DNA test came back proving otherwise. At this time I was court-ordered to never have contact with her again. This little four-year old girl had already become a huge part of my life. I had met the woman that I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with, and now everything seemed like it was turning back around. For some reason I still felt like there was a huge void in my life.

On June 6, 2006, I caught a case and was sentenced to five years in prison. I was in denial at first, and then in shock. I thought that, at 31 years-old, my life was over. I wondered how I could go from being a police officer and a family man to becoming a failure and a disappointment to my family and friends. Within six months (right before Christmas) I finally lost the last good thing in my life and hit rock bottom. I had just found out that my fiancé had gotten pregnant from someone else while I was in prison. After I heard the news, I just laid around for weeks. I couldn’t eat and I went from 200 pounds to 140 pounds in a matter of two or three weeks.

On Christmas Eve, I couldn’t take it any more. I then got down on my knees and turned my whole life over to the Lord. I begged God to take my life and do with it what he saw fit. As the country song says, “Jesus, just take the wheel.” I gave the Lord full control of my life. On September 2, 2007, I was baptized in prison. The void that I had been searching to fill for so many years was finally filled with the Holy Spirit.

From there, another Christian brother and I started doing God’s will and started planting the seeds to lost souls in prison. Most people that think they are in prison also think their life is now over. Let me tell you something, brothers and sisters. This is just the beginning. You don’t have to live a life in prison. If you truly search for and find Christ, and make him your Lord and savior, you can be free like I am. Your flesh may be in prison, but your spirit will be “free at last.” Although we still have many struggles in life as Christians, the Lord will always be there with us, and he will be our light in our darkest hours.

So, my message to you brothers and sisters is this: Put away your old ways and let Christ lead you in the new ways. Christ is the only one who can loosen those chains, and Christ is the only one who can truly make you “free at last.”