That may have just been a groan from a reader—someone asking themselves, “Isn't that a circular proposition? Good things have happened to him because he believes in Jesus. And he believes in Jesus because good things have happened to him.” What keeps this proposition from being circular is the timing of things. To be absolutely precise, my belief came first, before good things began to happen to me. My first leap of faith was that Jesus would take care of me. He did take care of me. My belief came first; the results came later.
My Christian walk has been full of stubbed toes and stumbles. My experience is probably the most common among Christ-followers: a struggle with sin, repentance, and forgiveness in an ongoing way as part of my lifelong journey. I prayed the Christian's prayer at an early age, but fell away from my faith soon after. It took years for me to find my way back to Him. The events of my life clearly reveal God's hand, gently leading me. No matter what I did, no matter how badly I acted, He surrounded me.
The more that we trust in Him, the less likely we are to stumble. When we follow Jesus, our lives are so radically changed that there is no human explanation for it. The only explanation is that something supernatural has happened to us. The proof in the proverbial pudding is in the eating. The change in our lives is the most convincing evidence of the truth of Christianity. Christianity works. It stands alone in this way among a plethora of religions, psychotherapy, and self-help doctrines. It is the world's biggest belief system because it works.