We’ve all seen criminals in prison claim to have found God and a new direction. But one Georgia man has proved he really did turn his life around while doing his time.
Bryant Collins, who in 2014 was five years removed from his 10-year sentence after being convicted of manufacturing cocaine, had one of those “come to Jesus” moments. And it took place not in a church, but, of all places, along the side of a highway.
The car mechanic was driving when he suddenly noticed something moving low to the ground along the side of road. Thinking it might be a lost dog or some other pet, he pulled over, and was astonished at what he saw. Because it was not an animal, but a human baby crawling on all fours who he encountered. He was stunned, but picked up the 15-month old toddler to take her to safety, and called authorities.
It turned out she had crawled away from her home, unattended by her parents. (Her father was later arrested for child endangerment). The child was naturally somewhat unsettled, but Collins used something to calm her down that he had learned to use on himself when he was out of sorts: gospel music, played from his own phone’s iTunes.
Collins said the music had helped him heal after his decade in prison. And with five years of model behavior under his belt, he’s now gone above and beyond that by saving this baby’s life.
“It made me feel good that I could be in society and do good,” he said. “Just as well as you can do bad, you can do good.”
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