“I am waiting for my kids’ mother. This is the halfway point between Houston where she lives and Savannah, Georgia, where I live. I get my kids every Christmas and summer. We have been doing this for five years. They are 12 and 11 and it is so hard that I am about to have to let them go. My business is in Savannah and I can’t leave right now, but I am doing what I have to do to make it work for my kids. I want to move to Houston. My dad was in my life, but he was out of my life, and he says he is proud of the father I have become. I am the oldest of 14 his kids. My father has been everywhere. I saw how he broke women’s hearts, including my mother’s, and I didn’t want to do that to women. We may look alike, but my makeup is different.
Everyone steps down a path they wished they hadn’t stepped down. Mine started in 2008 when I was locked up on my birthday. God created a little storm to prevent a bigger one. I was a drug dealer. I didn’t get caught selling drugs but I had paraphernalia on me. I was doing some drugs and smoked a lot of marijuana. Being in the life, I carried a pistol, but never used it. I grew up believing in Jesus, but I wasn’t a Christian. My dad was a Muslim, so I was battling between two religions. I was rebellious. When I was locked up, Jesus was the one who came to me when I was searching. I was reading the Bible in jail and challenged God that he revealed himself to people in the Bible, why couldn’t he do that with me. About three that morning, something touched me on my head and I felt electricity go through my body. After the initial scare, I felt an immaculate peace come over me. He gave me the assurance that everything was going to be alright. I did five years, but I was supposed to do ten. That five years was a necessity and God reached me and got the worldliness out of me. I am not perfect and still batter anger issues, but God has me and I am getting better. No more drugs. That was a wrap on that. I now preach for the youth. I believe in second chances and I know who saved me. The Lord blessed me with a saying, ‘Why be tormented with regret when you can do the right thing the first time’?” That is my motto with my kids and is the lesson I try to teach.”