Stories

John Huffman

09.28.15 | Baptism Stories

I spent the better part of 45 years chasing emptiness. Even though I could point to so many accomplishments, all I really had was a life filled with misery, defeat and anger. My parents were good people, but theirs was a godless home. And I followed in their footsteps — without God, without hope.

Divorced and alone, I drank with abandon. My relationship with my children had deteriorated, and I hated my job and everyone around me. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure if I could continue living with the chaos. The future looked so dark and dim, and the story just kept getting worse.

One Sunday, I woke up hungover. That wasn’t so unusual, but on this morning, I had a strong desire not to be in my house. Even though God wasn’t really on my radar, I knew I just had to go to church. Walking in those doors, I felt so much love and acceptance. It was beautiful. When I went home, I collapsed on the floor and begged Jesus to save me from the wreck I’d made of my life.

When I went home, I collapsed on the floor and begged Jesus to save me from the wreck I’d made of my life.

The change He made has been astonishing. I quit smoking, and I’m no longer a barfly. I’ve forged a relationship with Avery, my seven-year-old son, and I’m making sure that he’s being raised to know the Lord. My love for the Bible just keeps growing, I started a small group at work and I’m involved with several other groups as well. As my relationship with Christ grows, He continues to bring healing and hope. Truly, God’s blessings are beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

I’m so grateful for Avery who was the “emergency brake” that the Lord put in my life. Having him helped me through the absolute darkest days. My wife, Kristina, has been a true inspiration in my journey with Christ. With all these changes, God has replaced the chaos and hopelessness with the solid ground of faith.

— John Huffman, Pinelake Reservoir