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Lt. General Boykin Story

Although I grew up in the church and had seen many people accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, I struggled with my own faith. 

I struggled because I wanted to enjoy the fruits of the world that I lived in without the accountability of being a born-again Christian. In other words, I wanted to do my own thing and did not want to be burdened with the guilt of knowing that I was not living my faith.

So, it was just easier for me to live for the world rather than God - with no pretense of being a Christian. I knew what God expected of me, but I was not willing to surrender my life to Him, as it would be disruptive of the direction that I wanted to go in life. Furthermore, I knew that my mother was a very dedicated Christian woman who prayed for me continually and that God would honor her prayers and protect me from harm. So what did I have to worry about?

I went through my college years as a football player at Virginia Tech and enjoyed living a lifestyle of disobedience to God. Oh, there were times when I prayed and sought help from God, but never a time when I made a commitment to serve Him. I normally prayed when I was in trouble or in serious need of something from Him. I knew that the day would come when I was going to have to change my lifestyle and submit to God’s authority, but I did not believe that it would come when it did.

Immediately after college, I was commissioned as an officer in the US Army and sent to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend the officer basic course. I had a great future ahead of me serving the country and looked forward to what lay ahead. But as I settled in to life in the Army,  a foreboding  feeling became my constant companion. I was not feeling the excitement that I should have as a new Army officer. I felt no peace about what I was doing with my life. I knew that when I finished at Fort Benning, I would be leading men and enjoying a life of excitement as an Airborne Ranger Infantry officer, preparing and leading young soldiers. But I could not shake the feeling of gloom that consumed me.

“What is it?”, I would ask myself from time to time. “I should be happy, but I am not.” It was perplexing to me. But then one evening in my small room at Fort Benning, I knew the answer to my own question as I sensed that the Holy Spirit was speaking to me. I felt that God was saying, “I have a plan for your life, but it can only be fulfilled if you submit your life to Me and turn from your sin.” Well, there it was in very clear terms. I knew that I had been running from God, and now it was time to choose the course of my future. I could continue to live as I had with no promise of God’s providential hand on me, or I could turn my life over to Him and seek His forgiveness for the life I had lived up to this point. The choice was mine and mine alone.

I knelt in my room on the night of the 21st of January, 1971 and began to seek God’s forgiveness. “I am tired of running, Lord,” I prayed, “I want to know you, and I want you to forgive me of my sins and give me a new life and a new chance to serve you as I serve this nation.” That was it; my sins were forgiven and I have been in a relationship with Him ever since. He has been my companion, guide and ever-present friend. I seek Him daily and praise and thank Him for all the blessings that He has bestowed on me and my family. I intend to remain in His service for the remainder of my life because no human can ever provide the companionship of the living Savior,



 

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