Youthful Days



It’s always good to start every New Year with a question about something that really matters.  Last year has somehow slipped away, together with opportunities missed or fulfilled, and we can’t change that.  Perhaps last year brought challenges too, and possibly a few disappointments.  Most years are a mix of joys and sadness, and 2019 is unlikely to be any different.  But when we come to a New Year, it’s a sharp reminder that time is slipping away, and have we made those decisions that we really should?

It’s a good time to start, and the title at the top of this page is a good place to start too.  Every one of us needs to answer this question – and no better time than now, as the bible says “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Even if you have attended church and Christian meetings regularly during the past year, that’s still not enough.  You need to know your sins forgiven, and you personally need a Saviour.  It’s something that, come what may in 2019, matters more than anything else.

The little robin on our cover this month is in full song.  Maybe he’s been counting his blessings, and has discovered that he had more than he thought!  But the greatest blessing of all is to know Jesus as your Saviour.  I pray that you may realise your need of Him, and that you too will know the wondrous blessing of being SAVED!

extracted from the Jan 2019 issue of Youthful Days

How can we know The Way?

How many times have we asked this question?  Perhaps we’re in a large city, surrounded by a bewildering array of buildings and roads that all look the same, with no clue anywhere of our desired destination.  We ask a passer-by and they give directions, but then soon we’re lost again and we ask someone else who sends us in the opposite direction!  Who knows the way?  Who can we believe?

Or perhaps we’re in the countryside, not a road in sight, no passers-by either.  We try to work out the way we’ve come and pinpoint our position on our map, but nothing seems very conclusive.  Finally, we set off in the hope that we’ll soon reach a signpost that we recognize, but without any real conviction that we’re heading the right way.

There is something to be said for a track of rails, invisible in our cover picture but there nevertheless, defining the route that our little train needs to take, but even then it’s possible to go the wrong way if the track divides.  But Youthful Days will tell you of a way that is certain, and of someone you can always trust to be your unerring guide.

Christianity is not a track of rules from which you never deviate, but there is a pathway for every believer in the Lord Jesus that keeps within the boundaries of scripture truth.  It opened up when Jesus died at Calvary to wash your sins away, and Jesus told His disciples about it as you can see from our cover verse.  Find out more about it, for it’s the way that leads to life.


extracted from the July 2017 issue of Youthful Days