In 1976 in Fort Worth, TX I had a life changing conversation with a friend. I can imagine almost everyone has had conversations that have changed their lives. This particular conversation had to do with my background and sharing how I vacillated and lacked direction for several years. It was during a season of my life that I changed schools, changed majors, changed jobs and changed my mind about many things. I lacked clear direction in my early adult years and I tried lots of different things.
After a lengthy conversation with my friend, he made a comment that has come to my mind many times over the years. It was a short, simple statement that has been a significant encouragement to me many times. He said, “You know, there is nothing wasted with the Lord.” Of course, there are many promises in Scripture that would affirm that fact. When we repent of and confess our wrongdoing and bad decisions, God can redeem and restore and use them for His purposes. Thankfully, there are numerous examples in Scripture, and throughout history, of how God intervenes and turns our bad decisions and wrong choices into something good and positive.
During my Air Force and college years in the 1960s and ‘70s I was introduced to a lot of new ideas and different belief systems. Many had a positive influence, the most significant was the spiritual transformation by the Lord Jesus in my life.
It was also a season of being exposed to and involved with other philosophies, such as the success motivation, self-improvement and human potential movements. Those led to related areas of new age, psychic phenomenal and borderline occult activities. One of my college professors introduced me to Transcendental Meditation and gave me a book by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After a short journey in that movement, the Lord intervened and rescued me.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jerry Wiles