In 2001, I began a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. But throughout my life, I've always known Him on some level. I wasn't raised in church. My family was not religious. But there was something else there that had been there as long as I had existed. You see, God never creates anything that doesn't recognize Him, even if it doesn't want to, including us. The Bible tells us that one day every knee is going to bow and every tongue confess Christ as Lord. But let me get back on point.
During my life, I've suffered some excruciatingly painful ordeals. I remember how pain felt before I surrendered myself to God. I also am quite familiar with how it feels with Him. Without God, life is empty. No amount of money, no amount of companionship, no amount of activity can cover it for very long. And while you'll meet a lot of "successful" people who appear content, trust me when I say there is no contentment when you don't have that first relationship right. In fact, knowing your Creator is the central issue that will affect the quality of your life, not from the outside but the inside where the truth lies.