Wednesday, August 14, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott kicked off a two-day tour of the Lowcountry with a stop in Moncks Corner to speak before the Kiwanis Club on its Day of Prayer.
Scott told a packed First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner sanctuary, “When you take the time to understand prayer wonderful things happen.”
Scott’s two-day swing through the Lowcountry was scheduled to take him to stops in Georgetown, Williamsburg, Lee, Florence, Marlboro, Chesterfield and Clarendon counties.
Scott’s speech carried the ring of an old time revival as he gave his testimony to more than 150 civic and business leaders, recalling his childhood and being raised in a single parent household.
“I have lived a blessed life,” he said. “My mother worked two jobs, 16 hours a day to take care of two boys, and for the first 16 years of my life I used the excuse of growing up in a single-parent household as a reason not to succeed. I was looking for significance in all the wrong places.”
Scott recalled the day when he was nearly killed in an automobile accident at 16 when he realized things needed to change in his life. “God doesn’t make bad things happen to you, but He does use bad things to help you find your way,” he said.
It was during Scott’s freshman year at college when he turned his life around and became saved.
“When you understand your why, you find your way,” he said. “My mother worked two jobs, 16-hours a day because she understood her ‘why.’ Her ‘why was to take care of her two boys. I now understand my ‘why,’ which is why I found my way.”
Scott emphasized the power of prayer in his daily life and urged others to take a step back and ask for assistance. “Ask the Lord to work in you so he can work through you to work for you,” he said. “Take the time to pray and to praise.”
The senator said through prayer and church people find goodness in their hearts.
“As long as Americans remain good in our hearts we will remain great in the world,” he said.
Scott, a Republican, became South Carolina’s junior U.S. Senator after Sen. Jim DeMint stepped down and Scott was appointed to the position by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.