Life Changes

Bobby Green, 2010

For the last three years I have been speaking about the changes that CHEC Pro will bring to the poor and underserved population. However, I often fail to tell of the changes it has brought to my life and now I would like to share some of that with you all.

The concept for CHEC was the beginning of the many changes it would bring to my life. You see, up until June of 1996, I was just another screw-up wasting God’s precious air.  Here I was on my third year of a six year prison sentence for armed robbery. I used to believe that by robbing drug dealers and putting them out of business I was doing something honorable for my community. Not realizing how much damage I was doing to the community. June 1996 found me battered and bruised from the past 14 months of prison transfers and beatings from correction officers in every prison I went to.  Let me tell you, prison life isn’t what most civilians think it is.  I was given the opportunity to be around other inmates during a transfer when I ran into a kid that grew up in my old neighborhood and my life hasn’t been the same since.

During a recreation period, I overheard a conversation that sounded eerily like a story of one of my past exploits, and it prompted me to go investigate. There was Derrick, a kid from my old neighborhood, bragging about the how tough his block was because it was home to me and my old cohorts. I had to pull him aside and tell him how not to speak about me as if I was some sort of hero, and advised him not to waste his time in prison like this.  We spoke about his sentence, him being more constructive, staying out of trouble. After that, I went to my cell got on my knees and cried like a baby. I begged God to forgive me of sins and grant me the way to fix the mess I have made.  You see, Derrick was doing 10 years for armed robbery, he was 19 years old, and I was the first person to hand him a gun.

Why didn’t I see how much that boy looked up to me? Why didn’t I realize how much influence I had among the people that knew me? If it wasn’t for me this child probably would never have known the horrors of prison life.  I cried myself to sleep that night. I remember dreaming of four letters that night (C-H-E-C).  When I awoke the next morning, I took some paper towels and began writing the concept of CHEC, and by the time I was finished I knew God answered my plea.  I knew my life had changed and I would never be a screw-up again, because I had to become the man that will be able to make this a reality.

Until next time… God bless!

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8 Responses to Life Changes

  1. Mollie Elder says:

    Bobby,

    Thanks for sharing your life experience prior to getting to know God. I hope others will read your testimony and be encouraged in some way. Not everyone get a second chance in life. May God continue to bless you and your efforts in helping others.

    • bobby says:

      Hi Mollie,
      I truly appreciate you for taking the time to follow my blog, and learning more about the passion and drive behind CHEC Pro and our mission. Please remember me in your prayers as I embark on this wonderful journey the Lord has me on. Not many of us get “do overs” in life and very few us recognize this when the opportunity presents itself. I recognize mine and embrace it wholeheartedly, and I hope that along the way I will be able to share my life experiences with others. Hopefully be the voice to influence so many others who have walked similar paths.

      Thank you and say hello to Jimmy.

  2. Shawn McDonald says:

    As one who lived much of the insanity that you allude to, I’m proud to have connected with you for I know that you’re committed to positively directing the Consciousness of our Youths: my greatest commitment. We stand in a strategically powerful place Bobby for we walked the path and are willing and able to offer ourselves as examples of the pitfall but better yet, as examples of Triumph! I commend you and your efforts and meditate that you stay the course: It’s Needed! Blessings!

  3. Irene Banks says:

    Bobby, what an honor it is to know yet another living, breathing, walking testimony. I am forever grateful that God granted you a second chnace. It’s a joy to see you carry out his works. You have become a wonderful friend, husband and father and to God be the glory. Continue to walk into your GREATER, there are alot more Derrick’s out there that you have to save. Be Blessed and continue to build the kingdom!

    • bobby says:

      Thanks Irene for taking the time to read about my journey with CHEC Pro. Please continue to read the weekly postings and encourage your friends to subscribe as well. A new blog is posted every Wednesday.

      In a few months we’ll be going into the next phase of our push to go national with the organization. We are building a pretty solid support system and we are going to need you here with us once this thing really jumps off. Stay tuned in for more.

      God bless you and thank you for helping making this happen. You really did!

      Bobby

  4. Bobby, what a wonderful testimony on how God can turn something bad into good. Remember to keep God first in everything you do and He will surely direct your path!… Always seek God and never be afraid to a allow Him to use you to serve and help others and to make an impact on your community and His kingdom.

  5. Marcia Lewis, LMSW says:

    Giving praise and having the ability to be thankful for the good can attest that we’re also grateful for being allowed the strength to come through the darkness. It appears to me that CHEC was born from your commitment to honor yourself and loving your brother. A lesson that our heavenly Father instills in each of us! Perhaps your were also the catalyst to Derricks change. I honor your kindness, strength and ability to be introspective!

  6. Carlene says:

    Thank God for allowing you to reflect on your mistakes and ultimately obeying the order to make changes to your life. I admire you for revealing to the public that during your self-evaluation you cried like a babe. Your perseverance, faith and desire to contribute to society proves that if you fall, you can rise up again with a much stronger conviction.

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