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He wrote more than a thousand songs and sold more than 50 million records. He’s the only performer who’s been inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He survived addictions to amphetamines and barbiturates and multiple jail terms. He won Grammys, he won Country Music Awards, he recorded best-selling albums when he was a septuagenarian.
His name? Johnny Cash.
In 1968, at the height of his popularity, Johnny tried to kill himself. Under the heavy influence of drugs, he descended into a cave, trying to get lost forever and “just die.” After passing out in the depths of the cave from exhaustion, he said he suddenly felt God’s presence in his heart and managed to find his way out by following a faint light.
Johnny gave his heart to Jesus a short time later in an altar call at a Nashville church. With the help of his future wife, June Carter Cash, he kicked his addiction to drugs. They married shortly thereafter and stayed together until their deaths in 2003.
Before he died, Johnny recorded several gospel albums and made an influential movie with Billy Graham about the life of Jesus entitled The Gospel Road. While he never stopped struggling with sin, Johnny repeatedly turned to God’s word for counsel. For him, it was a matter of life and death.
His favorite verse?
For if you live according to the sinful nature you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live … (Romans 8:13)