“ So Jesus told them this story: If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” – Luke 15:3-7.
Mike Lindell says there aren’t many crack addicts who’ve become successful, but he’s one of them. The self-made multimillionaire created the MyPillow empire from scratch in 2004. He did it while addicted to drugs. Mike’s addiction goes back to his childhood. His drinking began as a teenager, then migrated into cocaine in the 1980s. He nurtured a nominal Christian faith through the years of his addiction but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. He would tell people about what he found while reading his Bible in jail.
In the 90s, Mike became addicted to crack cocaine. Still, God continued to chase him, planting seeds of faith along his path to get his attention. In 2004, Lindell invented MyPillow, but it was slow to take off. A few years later his life began to fall apart because of his dependency on drugs.
In December 2008 a friend and former addict who had found the Lord tracked Mike down. He told Mike that the Lord had led him to find him. They talked about the Christian faith and getting sober. Mike trusted him because he had been down the same road that Mike was on. While Mike quit drugs, he still did not have a personal relationship with Jesus, which did not happen until several years later. That happened at a retreat. Someone challenged Mike to surrender his life to Christ. Convicted by the Holy Spirit, he prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior and asked Jesus to take control of his life. “Jesus showed up and I did a full surrender,” Mike says.
Mike noticed that he immediately became more proactive than reactive. “Before I used to react…Please God get me out of this situation. Now I can proactively pray His will because His will is in the Word.”
He established the Lindell Recovery Network to “bring hope, recovery, and mentorship” to those struggling with drug addictions. The web platform provides addicts the ability to view stories from recovered addicts. “I want to help people out of addiction because I’ve been there. They need to be helped inside. Addicts trust me because I’ve been there. It is a circle of help and hope.”