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Steve Friskup: A Drinking Man's Salvation

After partying one night with a friend, Steve woke up with a hangover and a revelation. Read Transcript


WORKING AS A HORSE

AUCTIONEER ISN'T JUST A JOB

FOR STEVE, IT'S A PASSION. HE LOVES

CALF ROPING AND SPENDING TIME

WITH ROBIN, HIS WIFE.

I NEVER WAS A GUY WHO COULD

HAVE A DRINK AND THEN GO HOME.

IF I HAD ONE I WOULD HAVE TWO.

IF I HAD 2 I WOULD HAVE 12.

THEN SOME TIME IN THE NIGHT I

WOULD BECOME RICH, HANDSOME,

AND BULLET PROOF ALL

AT THE SAME TIME.

STEVE HAD HIS FIRST DRINK

ANOTHER 9 YEARS OLD.

HIS PARENTS WENT TO CHURCH AND

WERE HEAVY DRINKERS.

IT MADE ME LIKED, POPULAR, IT

MADE ME FIT IN.

AND I MAY NOT CAN ROPE AS GOOD

AS ANYBODY.

MAY NOT HAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS

ANYBODY ELSE, BUT WHEN WE ARE AT

THE BAR, YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE

ME HOWEVER MUCH IT COSTS YOU ARE

GOING TO LIKE ME.

THE ALCOHOL TURNED HIM INTO A

MAN HE BARELY KNEW.

IT DUMBED ME DOWN TO A GUY I

DIDN'T WANT TO BE.

EVERY TIME I SOBERED UP I DIDN'T

WANT TO BE THAT GUY.

HIS POOR JUDGMENT SPILLED

OVER INTO HIS MARRIAGE.

I COULD BUY DRINKS FOR

EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW, GAMBLE,

JUST DO WHATEVER, BUY STUFF,

JUST DO DUMB STUFF.

STEVE'S DRINKING EFFECTED HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS CHILDREN

THE MOST.

I USED LANGUAGE THAT WAS -- A

MAN SHOULD BE CRUCIFIED FOR IN

FRONT OF MY CHILDREN.

I WASN'T MEAN AND ABUSIVE, I WAS

JUST VULGAR, STUFF LIKE THAT.

NO GOOD.

ONE MORNING AFTER A NIGHT OF

DRINKING, STEVE WOKE UP WITH HIS

USUAL HANGOVER AND A REVELATION,

HE WAS TIRED OF HIS DRUNKEN LIFE

STYLE.

I GOT UP AND HAD TO GO TO

WORK WITH CAPITAL SICK.

IT WAS LIKE YOU HIT ME IN THE

BACK OF THE FOREHEAD WITH A

CHOPPING AX.

NOW I HAVE TO GO PUT MY GAME

FACE ON AND AUCTION OFF THIS

HORSE FIGHT.

I TOLD MY FRIEND, I AM NOT

DRINKING.

THEY LAUGHED AND PICKED ON ME

ALL WEEKEND.

STEVE WAS SERIOUS ABOUT HIS

NEW COMMITMENT.

HE PERCENT HE WAS SERIOUS ABOUT

HIS NEW COMMITMENT.

ON THE RIDE HOME, HE DECIDED TO

TALK TO GOD.

I CALLED ON JESUS.

I CALLED ON JESUS.

I MET HIM.

HE SAID WHAT DO YOU WANT?

I SAID I WANT TWO THINGS.

I WANT TO BE A GOOD HUSBAND AND

A GOOD DAD.

I DON'T WANT TO DO ANOTHER THING

AWAY FROM HOME I AM ASHAMED TO

TELL MY FAMILY WHEN DI GET BACK.

ALCOHOL IS TURNING ME LOOSE TO

BE AN IDIOT.

I WANT RID OF IT RIGHT NOW.

HE SAID IF YOU'LL GIVE ME ALL OF

IT, I'LL GET RID OF THAT.

I SAID I AM ALL YOURS.

IT MOVES ME EVERY TIME.

HOW AWESOME IT IS FOR A GUY LIKE

ME IN THE CAB OF A PICKUP TO

HAVE YOUR SINS FORGIVEN.

HE DROVE HOME AND STARTED A

NEW LIFE.

HE STARTED READING HIS BIBLE AND

GOING TO CHURCH WITH HIS FAMILY.

IT IS AMAZING WHEN YOU PULL

INTO YOUR HOUSE, GET UP, WE ARE

GOING TO CHURCH, I JUST GOT

SAVED AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT

THAT MEANS.

THEY THINK I MUST HAVE SNORTED

SOMETHING UP MY NOSE.

STEVE SAYS HE HASN'T HAD A

DROP OF ALCOHOL SINCE.

FEAR OF LORD WILL MAKE A MAN

HATE EVIL.

AS I GROW FEARFUL, I GOT TO

WHERE I DESPISE EVIL.

I HAVE GOTTEN THAT WAY ABOUT THE

ALCOHOL.

IT WAS SO DANGEROUS IN MY LIFE

AND DIDN'T KNOW IT.

JESUS SAVED ME ON THE SIDE OF

THE ROAD SIGNIFIED BY PUTTING

HIS SPIRIT IN ME.

HE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO BECOME

CHRIST LIKE.

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