Hey! This is Ting_Thing, creator of the building components of Mario Builder, and programmer for many modifications and additions to the Mario Engine that it runs (originally from "Hello" and "djrellik"). I've been simply thrilled by how successful this program has become! It was such a delight the first time I searched online to see if Mario Builder hooked to any websites I had nothing to do with, and found that the game is getting out there!
I'm not the kind of person who would freely talk about my life on the internet. You're not going to hear about my age or location or any of that here. Instead, I'm going to take this article in a different direction: My testimony as a Christian. Whether or not you believe that God is real, I pray that you will see how real He is and has been in my life...
My family and I went to a church that stressed how it's "not about works" when it comes to having in on this place called Heaven. "Sweet!," I thought, "As long as I do good stuff and not worry about what kind of job I get, I'm set!" (I was about 5 years old.) That didn't work out too well. I was one of those brats in Sunday school who always liked to make disruptions and sing our church songs purposefully terribly because I thought it was the funniest thing ever (let's not forget that I was still five...). Later on, this whole notion of getting saved was something that sparked a conversation between my mom and me. She corrected me on my confusion about works, and it was there that I decided I wanted to start a friendship with God.
Immediately after my big decision, something happened to me and I didn't even realize it. At such a young age, I had rededicated my life without even making the conscious thought. I cooperated with everyone, remained quiet during lesson time, etc., as though I had been doing it all my life. Sunday school teachers told my parents that I had changed. Then, when my parents praised me for what they heard, I was surprised. I had forgotten my past life before I knew Christ. It was as though God jump-started my life the moment that I accepted Him.
My excitement for Christ has only since grown, but the most significant growth periods for me has been during the times that I spent Summers working at a Christian camp. A major thing to notice in the story of Jesus is that He almost always did miracles only when the people around him had faith that he could. I believe that this has not since changed. My coworkers and I have seen remarkable things happen- unexplainable miracles and demonstration of God's mighty hand at the camp! Each year I learn something new. During my first year, I learned how much more fulfilling it is to serve than be served. My second summer was an eye-opener for God's protecting power. Summer number three taught me about being in constant adoration with my creator. Summer four: Trust and perseverance. My fifth summer working there awakened me to how much more I can learn about Jesus Christ. It changed my prayer habits and bible reading. My sixth summer was a lot of little things: Blessings of friendships, letting go of control, servant attitude, and more.
For the longest time, I had always wondered why I had such a change in my life the moment since I accepted Christ. I was sharing my testimony to a bunch of campers one day when it hit me. I think that God jump-started my life to protect me from something. I don't know what; I probably never will until the day I meet Him. Until then, I can rest easy knowing that God is genuinely interested in my life, as He is everyone's. He has great plans yet to come for everybody, and that's exciting news!
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task that the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:22-24.
For the fellow Christians out there, I urge you to never let the many lies of this world spoil the Truth of God. Get connected with as many other fellow Christians as you can, so that there can be fellowship and prayer for each other. Read the Bible, Pray, Testify! Do what you know out ought to, but never forget that all the "good things" we do is NOT what earns us an eternity with Him in Heaven. They are a response to knowing and accepting the greatness of the story of Jesus on the cross when He paid for our sins. Trust, obey, and rely!
To those who don't believe, I know what It's like. I get why trusting in what is unseen seems irrational. It is not hard in this world to find things in philosophy, science, and even sometimes ethics to support your case. We all have our reasons. But whatever your reasons may be, examine yourself. If you debate on the matter, realize that such a conversation doesn't make anything more true or more false. Truth is NOT relative. If you honestly want answers, seek them! God does not leave us hanging.