David Samuel's life did not go the way he expected it to and he continually made bad choices in order to reach his goals.
Stealing became a habit for David as he yearned for things he could not afford. He began stealing as a short cut to the life he wanted.
"I stole in order to have fancy clothes, nice cars and good looking women," he confesses.
David admits he was selfish and greedy, not wanting to work or look after his family. He thought he knew everything he needed to know and that he was better than anyone else, and yet he was jealous of the success of others.
It wasn't until he was thrown in jail for robbery that David began coming to terms with the fact that life is not all about oneself and the things one owns.
"I was sick and tired of the life that I was living," David admits. "I knew the things of this world couldn't give me peace, joy or comfort. I was looking for happiness – a happiness I couldn't find in sex, drugs or beer."
When a fellow inmate told David about a man called Jesus who came down from heaven to die on the cross for our sins and loves us unconditionally. David felt this was the answer he was searching for.
"I took the Bible and read about Jesus and the life He offers. I found this verse: John 3:16 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that anyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life'."
David realised "Life without Jesus was useless, there was no security without Jesus. No one could change my life except Jesus of Nazareth. 1 Corinthians 5:17 says if a person is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come." So David gave his life to Jesus to make it new, and put Jesus in charge of his future.
change usHe did this by confessing his sins [agreeing with God that he was a sinner] and by believing in his heart and saying with his mouth that Jesus is Lord.
David proclaims that since coming to Jesus his life is different. "I know now how to respect others and that God has given me the strength to handle the challenges in my life. He shows me how to live a holy life."
For other prisoners who have not heard the life-saving message of the Good News, David urges them that "only Jesus Christ has the power to change us and restore what has been destroyed in our lives. He truly cares for you."
One of David's favourite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11: _"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."•