Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson . . . said he was full of anger when he was a teenager living in poverty in Detroit, and thought he would die young. But a turning point came in his life after he spent three hours locked in the bathroom one day and got to read Proverbs.
“When I came out, my temper was gone and I’ve never had a problem since,” The Des Moines Register quoted the retired neurosurgeon as saying. Carson, the only African-Amercian presidential candidate for 2016, said two stories inspired him in his life: Up from Slavery, an autobiography of Booker T. Washington, and the account of Joseph’s life in the Old Testament in the Bible. “That really spoke volumes to my heart. Where you end up has a lot to do with the attitude you adopt in your life,” he [said].
Carson, who was a featured speaker at the official National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington, D.C., said he won a scholarship to Yale and thought he was “pretty hot stuff” but only until he got to the end of the first semester. “I was failing chemistry; that wasn’t cool at all. And you can’t be a pre-med and fail in chemistry,” said Carlson.
The night before the final exam, he was thinking about his life. He prayed, saying, “Lord, medicine is the only thing I ever wanted to do. … Would you please tell me what is it you really want me to do?” He planned to prepare for the exam the whole night, but fell asleep. He had a dream in which he was alone in an auditorium as some “nebulous figure” wrote out chemistry problems on the blackboard. “When I went to take the test the next morning, it was like ‘The Twilight Zone,'” he said. “I opened that book and I recognized the first problem as one of the ones I dreamed about. And the next, and the next, and the next, and I aced the exam and got a good mark in chemistry. It worked out okay,” he added.
“And I promised the Lord He would never have to do that for me again.”
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