My life before I knew Christ in my heart was purely intellectual. I knew all about Christ, God the church and all the stories. As a young boy and young teenager my world was centered on the church. All my friends were there and especially the girls. The interesting thing I remember not one conversation about God when we, as teenagers, got together and socialized or had fellowship. I sort of existed, going with the flow and never finding a path that I was sure God wanted me on.
It was the 60’s and the world was beginning to be filled with concepts of “free love” and “externalism”. Folk songs generated thoughts of the nebulous universe and we were without any real understanding of anything. I didn’t buy into it, mainly because my grandmother had fed me the bible almost every day of my childhood. By the time I was a senior in high school thoughts of the living Christ were becoming a need.
I was empty inside. Nothing was good enough. And then I asked the Lord to give me what my grandmother had. On May 17th 1964 He came into my life as Lord and Savior. Too many things were just not right with my friends, parents, and others I looked at. Our church (University Baptist Church) had giants of the Southern Baptist as leaders, Dr. James Harris our pastor, Dr. Harry Piland the associate pastor, Dr. H.D. McCarthy the youth director and Joe an incredible music minister. Their lives and walk finally was “really” observed by me and the Lord provided the understanding. His love for me was and is overwhelming.
My whole world has changed, once I let Christ be the leader/Lord of my life. These past years have seen ups and downs; with the downs coming every time I decided I knew better than God which direction to travel or door to open. You know when I failed I could look back and see the doorway to not succumb to a temptation, even though take it. He always provides the correct path to follow. In the past 68 years, He has never miss directed me. And when I missed the mark He provided the steps for recovery. We should never miss an opportunity.
“Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come—
“that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:22-23