How God Helped Interstate Battery CEO Norm Miller Overcome Alcoholism and Find New Life in Christ (Gospel Light Minute #128)

Norm Miller
Norm Miller

He is the chairman of Interstate Battery. From humble beginnings as a salesman, he worked his way up through the departmental ranks of the company to become CEO. He expanded the company’s dealerships to over 200,000 across America and helped build up a brand name and reputation that is known for excellence and honesty.

As a young child growing up in Galveston, Texas, he often watched his father drink heavily on many evenings after work. Consequently, when he entered junior high, he began drinking as well. His drinking and partying continued all the way through high school and college. After college, he got a job with Interstate which kept him on the road a lot, and many days after working on cars and trucks, he would drink until the bar closed in the wee hours of the morning.

However, on one occasion, he was driving home after a night of drinking and got pulled over by the police. He says in his testimony: “I already had been convicted of two DUIs, but somehow I talked my way out of getting arrested. When I woke up the next morning all hung over, I called in sick to work. Then as I lay there in bed, the truth overwhelmed me. I was an alcoholic just like my father. I’d lost control of my life. That was a frightening realization! At the very instant I realized I had become an alcoholic, I blurted out in a half-yell of desperation, ‘God, help me! I can’t handle it!’ I’ll never forget those words, because He took the compulsion to drink away completely. It was over right then. I realize it doesn’t happen that way for everyone, but it did for me, and I’m eternally thankful. The weird thing is that if you’d asked me the day before if I believed in God, I would have told you that I didn’t know — that I hadn’t given much thought to it.”

After a friend came along and shared with him the truth of the Bible, he gradually began to understand it, and it began to take hold in his heart. He goes on to say, “An important verse for me was, ‘Seek and you shall find…’ I told God that if He was for real, I was a ‘seeker’ and I wanted to find the TRUTH. The Bible says that ‘Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ It teaches that we’re all ‘slaves’ — not just to alcohol and drugs, but to sin. Each of us has sinned against God and gone our own way, independent of Him. With a self-centered, do-our-own-thing attitude, all of our lives have fallen short of God’s intentions for us. Just as the Bible says in Romans 3:23, ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ I knew that was true for me! But the good news is that ‘the Truth shall make you free,’ and Jesus Christ is the Truth! So I accepted Him just as the Bible teaches: as my Lord and Savior, as God’s only begotten Son who died as payment for MY sins. In Him is the forgiveness of sin and the power of self-control in being freed from the bondage of sin. Jesus is the gift of freedom, the power for living, and He gives eternal life!”

Today, he serves as a board member for Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas Seminary Foundation, the Overseas Council and BEE World. He is co-founder of the Great American Race and a founding team member of I Am Second. His name is Norm Miller.