When I was growing up, I was painfully shy, fearful, and timid, and those are all negative emotions. They were things I needed to be delivered from. But even though I had emotional problems, I never went through severe depression. I never experienced some of the extremes that some people talk about. On March 23, 1968, I had a personal encounter with the Lord. I was born again at the age of eight, but at the age of eighteen I had an encounter with God in which He poured out His love upon me in such a tangible way that it radically changed my life.