I have been here for a while now and haven't shared my full testimony, only mentioning bits of it on different threads when relevant to a topic, so here it is.
I grew up in a strong Christian home(thank the Lord), my mother and father were both saved in their mid twenties.(I have no doubt they would have divorced and my life would have been drastically different had they not been saved). I can remember as far back as 6-7 years old or so praying to God every night before bed(I remember at one point for some reason I thought we could only sin once and praying so hard to God for forgiveness!) So to speed things up a bit here, I was a military brat, so we moved around a lot when I was younger. My dad retired and we came and settled down here in Maryland when I was about 10-11 years old.
The turning point in my early life all stems from good ole public schooling. I can't solely blame public schooling because at the end I am responsible, but it impacted my life in a negative way to say the least. Around 7th grade I started down a destructive path of hanging with the wrong people, cussing, telling lies, doing poorly in classes trying to be the class clown and fit in with the "cool" kids. This continued from here on out and as the years went on it got worse.
After high school I went to a community college for a short time but dropped out my second semester. I was more concerned about being cool and drinking and smoking weed. To speed this up some more I continued on this destructive path for the next 10 years or so up until this year(I am now 30 going on 31).
I was a horrible sinner at this time of my life, I have done many regrettable things and its all the more humbling to know that no matter what Jesus forgives and loves me. I went through a period of time(maybe 5 years or so) where I can recall God "knocking" at my door so to speak. I can recall troubling times where I would pray to Him and say "Lord I want to change and come to you but not this way, or not now." Amazingly, He never gave up on my and kept pushing and knocking, till finally I said enough and told Him to come into my life, take it over and use me for your glory and purpose.
I can recall many instances where I could have died and believe if not for Him, I would have died long ago. Through His grace, mercy, and love, He saved me and allowed me to continue living so that I might change my ways and return to Him.
I remember having a relationship with Jesus when I was little, I do remember praying for Jesus to come into my heart. I can't say for certain if I was really saved or not up until now I have no doubt I am saved and guaranteed eternity in His presence.
Adding this because it is very important and slipped my mind somehow! During my years of public schooling I became very confused on a lot of things due to the teaching of the big bang, evolution, etc. I never questioned God's word but I also never really took the time to explore these things till now. I used to think that if dinosaurs weren't on earth the same time as humans(as taught in school) that the bible must be hundreds of thousands of years old! It confused me to say the least because the time line of everything didn't make sense to me. I wondered why people would have lived then not lived then dinosaurs etc. I never believed in evolution I always found it to be quite comical to say the least. The big bang I never believed either and still don't, I don't even think God started a "big bang", I think thats pitiful mans way of figuring things out. So to keep this short, public schooling effected me not only from fitting in and doing wrong but mentally trying to sort out the bible and what they push on you in school. I never appreciated the book of Genesis as much as I do now. The creation as told in Genesis is so important and means so much. So to wrap this up, public schooling had a very negative impact on my understanding of the past and how things came to be.