As a teenager, I was deeply interested in spiritual matters, but during my elementary-school years, it wasn’t always so.
Like many of my peers in school, I enjoyed playing with G. I Joe (some of which died in battle) and Atari 2600 (just for kicks, here some games I recall having: Moon Patrol, Fox and Pig, Centipede, Galaxian, Ms. Pac Man, Joust, Dig Dug, Jungle Hunt, Donkey Kong, Solairs…). From that time on, I would no longer play much with my He-Man and Transformers.
Because I changed schools in third grade, my third, fourth, and fifth grade experience was made up of tumoltous years during which I was trying to fit in—so I ended up getting into some school fights, playing soccer, and developing a potty mouth.
However, there was a time—I cannot recall the exact moment—when I realized I was cursing too much, and I repented. I asked the Lord to forgive me, and I also asked him to take away from me the cursing, and it was so. By sixth grade, my peers called me “Mr. Polite Man” (that was my nickname, the one I didn’t mind). Part of the reason they called me Mr. Polite Man was simply because they knew, by then, that I did not use curse words.
In Christmas of 1989, my parents bought me an NES. The first games I had included Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (it came with the console), Kung-Fu Heroes, and HydLide (I was just picking them by the cover).
The point is that, during that period of my life, I was distracted with many things. Nevertheless, the Lord was also at work in my life. My mother and I kept attending church, and the message of God’s word was also bearing fruit in me.
In Mark 4:1-9, the Lord tells the parable of the sower and the seed (I have written in more detail about the parable here). It does not matter how old you are, once you are exposed to the word of God, two things will happen: (1) the word will begin to grow in you, and (2) there will be many things in life (one of them being “the fowls of the air”) that will oppose the growth.
Why am I writing about these things? Because I want to think about my own spiritual experiences (and those that have been, or may have been, influential on me) from a biblical point of view. I want to take time to analyze them.
What do I expect to gain from this? I expect to gain knowledge and perspective: at the same time, I expect that God will use the lessons that I learn to address questions others may have about their own spiritual experiences.
If you’ve had similar experiences (or other experiences), please don’t forget to share them in the comments section.
I have written a few articles on the parables of our Lord (hopefully, I’ll write some more soon):
- Parables of Jesus: The Bridegroom’s Guests and The Bridegroom (Mark 2:19-20)
- Parables of Jesus: The Patch and The Wineskins (Mark 2:21-22)
- Parables of Jesus: The Kingdom, the House, and The Strong Man (Mark 3:23-27)
- Parables of Jesus: The Sower and The Seed (Mark 4:2-9)
- Parables of Jesus: The Lamp and The Measure (Mark 4:21-25)
- Parables of Jesus: The Growing Seed and The Mustard Seed (Mark 4:26-32)
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