January 2021

We have now crossed the threshold into 2021, perhaps the most anticipated year in our lifetime; of course,  much of that is because of how difficult 2020 proved to be! It is pretty clear from Scripture that our Lord understands our optimism in looking ahead. In Isaiah 43:18-19, He proclaims, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” 

As we know, God does not have to wait until January to make changes. In His economy every month, every day and every moment can usher in a new beginning. Just consider some of His promises: 

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). 

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…” (Revelation 21:1). 

“Behold, I am making everything new” (Revelation 21:5). 

Along with these thrilling assurances comes another we highly regard in Young Life: the guarantee of new life. The apostle Paul rejoices in this truth in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 

In a culture where we continually hear claims of “new and improved,” our Lord and Savior is the only One who can truly fulfill that promise. We are humbled that He continues to use Young Life as a vessel to reach kids around the globe. We eagerly anticipate that this year will be one where we see more and more new lives ushered into His Kingdom. 

Once again, thank you for your gifts and prayers which the Lord will use to give these kids a new beginning in 2021! 

In Christ for all kids, 

Newton F. Crenshaw