Redemption for a Wasted Youth (Steven)

Redemption for a Wasted Youth (Steven)

When I was 10 years old, my dad and my mom, they actually came in and sat all of us kids together in the living room and it was there that they announced to us that they were going to have a divorce.
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When I was 10 years old, my dad and my mom, they actually came in and sat all of us kids together in the living room and it was there that they announced to us that they were going to have a divorce. This was pretty devastating to all of us, because we didn't see it coming. God, if he is love and my dad being a pastor, a minister of this love, if this is what God's love is, we didn't really want anything to do with it. It was a bad divorce.

I started lashing out because I realized that I experienced a lot of pain from this divorce and didn't know how to deal with it at such a young age, but naturally like anybody that experiences pain you immediately go to seek pain relief. You turn to pain relievers and for me, these came in the form of drugs and alcohol and tobacco. When I was 18 years old I was just completely caught up and addicted to these substances like nothing else.

I couldn't live a single day without it, but I was trying to draw attention, get attention, crying out. The Lord heard me and began to work in mysterious ways behind the scenes, in ways that I did not see coming. Shortly after Josh told me about this book, I got excited and I went to my dad, who of course is this pastor. I said, "Dad, dad, do you have this book? It's called The Richest Caveman, by Doug Batchelor, I think."

My dad smiles at me. He says, "Why do you want that?" [laughs] "Well, Josh, he read it. His grandparents gave him and he really liked it and he wants me to read it and so I'm going to read it." My dad smiles and he says, "I've got plenty of copies of those. I use those actually to give to people that are struggling with substances." I immediately started reading it and it just totally captivated me because I could identify with Doug's experience.

Through my whole life, I always thought that being a Christian was some boring thing and that it was only for those who did really good in school and never made mistakes in their lives like that, but when I read Doug's story, I saw that he came from a pit of sin just like I was in. As I was reading it something struck me in my heart that had never been really struck before and it was this cord of love that God wanted to awaken in me.

I began to cry when Doug gave his heart to the Lord. Then as I continued reading it, I began reading about the ministry that he did, and different individuals that he was able to impact. Every time somebody gave their heart to the Lord, I began to just cry, call it the Holy Ghost Shivers. It was like this sensation that started at my heart and just went bursting out through my limbs and all the way to my fingertips and my toes. I realized for the first time that I was not alone.

Jesus was with me. His Holy Spirit had touched my heart and I knew that I never would be the same. The Lord opened up the way for me to go to Africa, Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. That was the most life-changing training that I ever had received. I was able to go door to door and witness to people I'd never met in my life and give Bible studies to people. I had not really, truly lived until Christ came into my life.

I am so thankful to God for Amazing Facts, for Doug Batchelor and especially his book, The Richest Caveman. If it wasn't for these I would not be here today. God was able to use these tools to reach the unreachable.



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