Cody Craig, Jr.

CodyCraigJrTHE IMPORTANCE OF A FATHER

   My name is Cody Craig, Jr. and a junior transfer high school student. My vision and dreams are to become a pastor of the church. 

   With God’s calling, it speaks of great explanation what a dad should be. He should be a protector, and a provider. He should be someone you can trust, to lean on and you can tell everything. That's what your dad should be. For me, when I was growing up, I didn't really have a dad. I didn’t have a mom. My dad did drugs and my mom also did drugs. From six months old, I had my grandma, and my great grandma to look after me.

But my normal mom took pills, so she wasn’t really good. As for me, the only good influence in my life was my great-grandma, who took me to church all by herself. When I was about seven or eight, she passed away. So now that part of me as a child from that standpoint, this appears good and bad; because she always had good and bad examples just like a darker path. With these trees, you can't really see where you're going; but the bad passes. You have all these bad examples; but really in hell’ it always leads to the wrong place. As a child, since that's all I’ve ever seen, this kind of followed me.

   When I was about ten years old, I started to know my dad, since he just got out of prison. My grandma says walk out straight away, you're going to move in with your dad. I didn't really know this man and have never really talked to him. All I know is that he's really not good. He's never been good, and has never been here for me. But he was willing to move in with her and I moved in with him. I could tell when I first moved in, that he had changed a little bit. I didn't know what changed him or how he changed, or what happened. It was different and we were just living together for a while.

   Then one morning out of nowhere, I think it's a Sunday morning, he woke us up. He's going to take us to church. I didn't want to get up, but I was going to the service. I didn't really pay attention when I got in the car and could see in his eyes that something changed. I didn't know what it was. I didn't know what happened or something in his life right then. When he started changing for the Lord, he was giving me that example. So, when he started giving me that example, he started helping me in my work.

   That summer he said, "Are you going to church? I really want to go."

   So I went, but didn't really go to seek God at first, that's not what I went for. I went there just to have fun and get away. On the last day, there was something I never really forgot. The pastor from, I think New York, was sharing Isaiah chapter 6. He was preaching and I wasn't really listening much because I wasn't there to find God, but ever since I came out here I've been changed. He was preaching verses 4, 5 and 6, talking about how he was sinful just like all of us were sinful. He then spoke about what Jesus said, "Now you're healed, because your sins are forgiven." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? “Who will go for us? He answered, "Here I am. Send me." Even though he was a sinner, even though he had been through this in his life and he knew he was a sinner. He knew he wasn't righteous, and he still asked God to send him. That's what got me, because when God changed my dad's life, my dad went to Him and said, "Here I am, God. Send me." So, that changed him.

   I started realizing and had all of these revelations, "I am not afraid God. Here I am. I know I'm a sinner. I know I'm broken. I know I've done all these bad things. But God, here I am. Send me."  

   When Jesus stepped into my life, I started going to church at Fate Baptist. I was going there for a while and in the first few months, I met a kid. I was known as a bad kid too, for the longest time when I was little. I was judged, "Why is this kid here? He's a bad kid. He's not always a bad kid." I found out that he was actually a leader in the youth group. He was one of the kids who brags, and we began talking.

   I said, "Hey I heard from God. It was crazy."

   Ever since, we became real close and he's my accountability. I'm his accountability as well. We used to talk for the longest time, about our schools and our hometowns. So we decided that we needed a change, but never really had the courage to start.

   The pastor said something about me and Charlie. He said, "If you're planning something for the kingdom of God, do it. If God is calling you to do it, do it. The devil is slowing you down. Don't let him stop and change your mind."

   That’s when we realized he can't stop us; we're both against all odds. We made it out of the situations we've been through, even without a father. My dad relapsed to his old ways. What the devil used to harm me, God is using for good.  

   I realized, "Yeah, he might not even show me the ropes here on earth, but I had a Heavenly Father." It's important to have a father, even though he's doing bad. I had the example in Jesus. That's when I realized no matter what's going on in my life, God will always be there.

   In 2 Samuel 22:2-3, David is thanking God for all He's done for him.

2 And he said: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation,

My stronghold and my refuge;

My Savior, You save me from violence.

   Cody Sr. praying a Father’s blessing over his son CJ at the Texas Men’s Advance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xYAr2-1XZU

Cody Craig Jr. Hearing His Voice Testimony

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