“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
― Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Dr. Ben Carson recently was the featured guest speaker at Oliver Gospel Mission’s 125th Anniversary Gala held at the Columbia Convention Center. Gina and I together with a friend, hosted one of the 100 tables (800 attended). Dr. Carson spoke on what it was to grow up in the greatest nation on earth and how God has used his gifts as the director of pediatric neurosurgery for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
As he was sharing, Dr. Carson admitted he had made some mistakes growing up. As a child and teen, He experienced racial discrimination which caused anger and frustration to build up. He started to express his anger by taking matters into “his own hands” with baseball bats, rocks and knives. One day, Carson became so angry with a classmate, that he tried to stab him. The classmate’s belt buckle caused the knife to break in two. Realizing he could have killed this boy, Carson ran away and in a bathroom, begged God to remove his temper. God answered Dr. Carson’s prayer that day by taking away his explosive temper. He cites this as one of the turning points in his life. Gina and I were inspired to see how Dr. Carson weaved the gospel into his life story.
Listening to Dr. Carson …
I count it a privilege to be a part of Oliver Gospel Mission as a volunteer counselor and mentor and to be a part of the stories of God’s grace at work in the hearts of men and their families each week.
As you look back on your life, what has been a turning point in your life? Post your comments here.
“The most important thing for me is having a relationship with God. To know that the owner, the creator of the universe loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins; that’s very empowering. Knowing Him and knowing that He loves me gives me encouragement and confidence to move forward.“