by Jerry Vines

The Days Of Thy Youth
Jerry Vines
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Ephesians 6:1-3

''Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them''. Now I want to turn to Ephesians 6 and we will begin with verse one. Alright, Ephesians 6 and I will read the first three verses in that chapter. ''Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.''

I am particularly interested in tonight in the phrase I found in Ecclesiastes 12:1 there in the midst of that verse is the phrase The days of thy youth. That phrase captured my imagination and my attention for several weeks now as I contemplated this message directed to our young people. The days of thy youth. Oh, what a time that is.

The days of thy youth designates those carefree days in the life of an individual. The days of going to school, the days of play. The days of that first date, the days of sleeping late. Those carefree days of youth. But also it reminds me that these days are crucial days. Did you realize that most of the important decisions of your life are made 2 when you are a young person. The choice of what you are going to do in your future is normally made when you are very young. The decision you make about the values of your life is normally made during the days of your youth.

Out in Texas on a freeway there is a sign which reads, Be careful of the next road, you take, you will be on it for 200 miles. And that is exactly the way it is in the life of a young person. The decisions you make as a young person will greatly shape all of the rest of your life. Now it is a time when you can make the best of the opportunity. There are people sitting in the service tonight whose days of opportunity are pretty much gone. For the most part their opportunities to chose a ...

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