He drank heavily every day, and when I was 20 years old, he died of cirrhosis of the liver. My father was Korean, so our family was often discriminated against by the rest of the community. This fact and other problems made my teen years miserable. I enrolled in high school but attended only occasionally and quit after one year. I already had a police record, and that combined with being half Korean made it difficult for me to find work. Eventually, I did find a Job, but I injured my knees and couldn’t do physical work.
I started making living playing packing, a form of gambling that involves a device similar to a pinball machine. By that time, I was living with a girl who wanted me to find a serious job and marry her. But I was making a lot of money gambling, and I didn’t want to change my lifestyle. One day, one of Jehovah Witnesses came to our door and left me the book Life-?How Did It Get Here? By Evolution or by Creation? I had never considered this question before. However, after reading the book, I agreed to learn more about the Bible. I had always wondered hat happens at death.
The clear answers I received from the Bible about this and other topics made me feel as if scales had fallen from my eyes. I saw the need to apply what I was learning from the Bible. So I legalized my marriage, stopped smoking, cut my long hair that had been dyed blond, and cleaned up my appearance. I also quit gambling. None of these changes were easy to make. For example, I couldn’t give up tobacco in my own strength. But with earnest prayer and reliance on Jehovah God, I did quit. Also, the first Job I got after giving up packing was a real challenge for me.
I made only half of what I had made gambling, and the work was hard and stressful. One Bible passage that helped me through that difficult time was Philippians 4:6, 7. It says: “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. ” On many occasions, this promise has proved true for me. Copyright 2013 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. All Rights Reserved.