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Former meth cook finds new life in Christ

‘A marriage will not work if there’s drugs’

         My name is Craig Johnson. I was born and raised in Guys, TN and like many others, I was raised in a Christian home. My mother seen that we went to church on a regular basis but as I got older, I was finding myself just going every now and then.

         When I was around 15, I smoked pot for the first time. Everybody has always heard that smoking pot leads to other things. I said, “Naw, I'm not gonna let that happen.” Well guess what. I did!! I let it happen to me.

         Here I am 15, drinking and smoking pot, going to school and parties.  So I found myself selling to support my habit. Doing this means I was having to hide it from my parents, I thought.

       Then I started doing cocaine so I got me a job to help support my habit but the money from my job was allowing me to buy more so I was selling it now; friends coming over to my house that would cause my parents to ask questions. Still I'd just blow it off.

 So I got married thinking it would be easier. Guess what. It didn't. I got a divorce. But that didn't stop me. I just kept doing what I was doing.

          Then I started using meth, staying up for days at a time.

 In 1996, I lost my dad but the loss didn't stop me. I kept using.

 I can remember going down a four-lane highway. I had been up for about five days. It was 6a.m. and I fell asleep, left the road and crossed the median before my eyes popped open. I was on the yellow line. I jerked the wheel, went back across the median fell right back in the traffic. The very next sign read, “Rest Area Ahead.” I pulled in and slept there, knowing now that God was trying to tell me something.

          But I just kept doing the drugs and things were getting worse. But in my eyes, things were great.

 I was using meth and all the other drugs too but never thought about anyone knowing what I was doing. There would be people at my house all hours of the night and day still not thinking anything about what people thought, like when I mowed the yard at 2a.m. with a push mower and a flash light.

       I started a bad thing as if all the others weren't bad enough: cooking meth. It was another part of my life I regret for not just putting my life  and my family's life on the line but I was putting others' lives at risk also. I seen this drug ruin some really good people, people that you wouldn't think about ever doing this and their families, including my own.

         A marriage will not work if there's drugs involved, especially when the drugs are put before the husband, wife and especially the kids. I got so bad on meth I wanted to stay away from everybody. Well, it got to where I didn't want to be around nobody, not even my family. So many times my mother, a great Christian woman, would tell me, “Craig, you need to leave them people alone.” And my response to her was, “Mother, leave me alone and stay out of my business. I know what I'm doing!”

         I don't think I knew what I was doing because I got a divorce and lost everything I owned. And when I say everything, I mean everything: my wife and most of all the house that my mamma and daddy raised me in. I had three or four vehicles, motorcycles, you name it, I probably had it. Well after, after I lost my house I rented a couple places but they never worked out cause I was still using meth and just didn't care.

          I had moved in with a friend of mine still using meth and cooking it on a daily basis. This was the only way I knew I could get by was to sell Meth.

         Sept.4, 2007, I was there at the trailer alone. I had just walked to his mail box and came back inside and got my pipe out of my little back pack. I hadn't been back inside for  two minutes when I hear a knock at the door; an unusual knock, so I tiptoe to the window, look down the blinds and see two sets of combat boots. It was the cops; two on the porch and two in the yard. I just eased back to the couch and thought what am I gonna do 'cause we had just cooked some meth the night before and had a working moonshine still in the shed.  So I waited to see what they were gonna do. They all got back into the SUV, pulled to the end of the driveway and sat there, me thinking, “Is there anymore out there still? I'm going out the back when they leave.”

        They pulled out so I took off out the back door, through the woods, carrying my stuff. I hid it all and went back to the trailer where I left on a bicycle with nothing else, through the woods. I was thinking, “Alright God, you get me outta this and I will not be back. I had made it about five miles through the woods to some friends of mine that I grew up with. I stayed there one night and called a friend of mine to come get me. I didn't know where I was going or where I was gonna stay. All I had was a tent my friend gave me.

        So I had them to carry me to a watermelon patch where I got 10 watermelons and then to some campsites under a dam. They told me they couldn't come back for a couple of days so I stayed there for three days. All I had to eat was 10 watermelons 'cause I had no money, no phone, no clothes, nothing. I was at the bottom.

        They came back on a Wednesday and asked me to go back to Walnut, MS with them and that their mama and daddy said I could stay with them for a while. I said there wasn't nothing in Walnut for me but guess what. That's where I found God.

 When we got there, they fed me. Later, I asked  what time their  church started and said wanted to go. I got baptized and  am still in church today, living for God and wouldn't have it any other way.

          After about three months, I met a guy at church that rode bulls. I told him I wanted to try. Me and about 20 people from church went to the rodeo to see me do this and I loved it.

         So here I was, been drug free and given my life to God. I was able to get a job and a place to live and going to church and putting God first was what I had to do. My brother told me I went to church more than they had pews but you know what? I needed it.

          The people I hung around with was great Christian people. No more running around with the wrong crowd. I wasn't looking for a girlfriend because I needed to get myself in order before I brought someone else into my life. I knew that GOD would provide when He seen I was ready.

         Going to the rodeos and working around the younger guys, I was able to talk to them and let them know the only way to make it in life was with God. It wasn't with no bottle or drug.

         Late in 2008, I was hit in the face, broke my nose, bones around my eye and lost sight out of my right eye. I was off work for about two months or more. But with this happening, it didn't stop me from serving the lord. I looked at it like the devil was trying to get me down because he will do that; it's his job. But never was I gonna let that happen.

          Still doing Christian rodeos, I was helping people and praying, “God, whatever your plans are, I'm prepared to receive whatever it is.”

           Later, we were having a rodeo in Savannah, TN on Labor Day. I had put on Facebook that we were in savannah doing a rodeo and a woman named Polly had ask where and what time.  I've known of her from when I lived in tennessee but never talked to her. So it was gettin' close to the rodeo time and I seen her and went over and talk to her. There she was at a rodeo in her flip flops.

          I got her number and later on my way home from the rodeo, I thought, “I'm gonna ask her to go to a movie.” But I got rejected. A few days later, I ask her to go to with me to a bull ride. She didn't go with me. She drove herself there. Then I thought, “She has really gotta like me to drive that far. Ain't God good!”

          Now, we been married three years and have an amazing family with her.

          I  can stand here and tell so many ways GOD has blessed me with since I gave my life to Him and so many prayers that I seen answered.

         Guys: What makes me feel good about my life is the impact on my kids. Just seeing my girls listening to K-Love (a Christian radio station), I look over at both of them and they're singing with both hands raised and their eyes closed. You talking about daddy crying, chill bumps all over me. Hearing Sarah quote scriptures from the Bible makes me love God and do more for Him because they are watching me and mama. And mamas and daddies? Yours are watching you. Teenagers, listen to your parents. It may not be what you wanna hear. Respect 'em, tell 'em you 'em. Do Godly things because one day, they will not be here.

         God will also test you too. In August, 2011 Polly and I decided for me to start a new job. I quit my job and started a new one. It was great. I did real good with this job. By that December. I had to quite because my temporary license had ran out. I couldn't pass the test to keep working and it cost $100 ever time to take this test. Well, I took it 13 times and still failed it!  The time I was not working we lived on faith and believing God would pull us through. We look at it like God has a reason for me not passing this test. He knows that the job wasn't for me and He was maybe trying both of us to see if we are gonna curse Him and go back to the way we were and forget Him. But God, we are with You no matter what happens to us, good or bad. We're gonna stand and give You all the praise and glory because You took our lives and turned it around when we were at rock bottom. We owe our life to God because if it wasn't for Him we wouldn't be here today.

         About a month went by. I got a job at Caterpillar and am still there today. God had a better plan for us. We just had to believe and trust him.

          When we got married, I told Polly not to ever ask me to sell my horses cause that was not gonna happen. We decided to start looking for a house in Corinth so we could be closer to church, Living Free Ministries and work. We looked and looked but we was unable to find anything to where we could have our animals (one goat, one mini-donkey, one mini-horse, five horses, five chickens and a dog) so we stopped looking and decided we were going about it wrong. We needed to pray about it so we did. Then, one Sunday at church, pastor preached about selling your belongings and doing work for God. When got back in the car after church, I told Polly it was time; I was ready to sell all the animals so we could move to Corinth. So we did and God had a house ready for us. We now live in Corinth, MS and get this, it takes us two minutes to get to church, 34 seconds to get to Living Free , four minutes for my wife and six minutes for me to get to work and my lil' girl is four minutes from school. You tell me God ain't good. We are able to do more for the church and Living Free and help more in the community. We are part of an awesome Sunday school class. My wife teaches a women's class on Monday nights at Living Free. I am truly blessed to be where I am today and to have an amazing Christian wife and two wonderful lil' girls in this great walk with Jesus because without him, no telling where I'd be.

            Everyone please keep my family in your prayers and if there's anything Polly or I can help with anyone just let us know because I don't wanna see nobody go and do the things that I did before I found Christ.