I had heard about God from before I was born! As a young child I was in 'church' every Sunday for Sunday School and worship, and for youth group in the evening. When I was six I heard a teacher explain that at the end of everyone's life there is a judgment. There are only two destinations: heaven or hell, with Jesus or separated from Jesus. She invited me to decide which road I wished to walk and I could not bear being separated from Jesus.
As I grew through adolescence and the teen years, still involved with the local 'church', I began to be distracted by interests that competed with my love for God (popularity, girls, sports, etc.). While I hadn't rejected God outright, my actions and attitudes did not reflect someone committed to following Jesus.
A couple of personal crises forced me to do a serious self-evaluation of what had gone wrong in my life. Following a lengthy time of searching I went to a series of evangelistic meetings and there I was challenged to "get off the fence": if God is God, then serve Him; if God is not God, then let 'er rip!
I could see that living according to my own ideas was leading me nowhere that I wanted to be. I heard the Four Spiritual Laws (God loves us; we have sinned; Christ has paid the penalty for our sins; we need to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior) and recommitted myself to Jesus Christ. A close friend helped me see my decision needed to be based on the objective truth of Scripture ("doesn't matter what country, language, or century... the Bible will always be true") and not on my emotions.
That was several decades ago now. It has been the absolute best decision I have ever made. Eternal life began that day and I am looking forward to the next big thing God is going to do in the lives of those around me!Charlie,