|With my brother|
|With Aunt Louise & younger sisters|
I was eight years old - old enough to understand clearly that I was a sinner and that only Jesus, through his death and resurrection on the cross, could rescue me from hell. I never doubted that Jesus saved my soul that night in the old Landersville church.
Granted, later in life I had to make another decision about whether this salvation decision was going to rule my life or not, and I have never regretted living my life openly for God.
That night saved my soul and sent ahead a reservation in heaven. However, fifty years of being a Christian have provided many other rewards than just being "fire insurance." Salvation at an early age also:
--protected me from much riotous living that would have brought a lifetime of regrets.
--protected me from addictions that would also have brought much grief.
--guided me to know that I didn't have to choose a man just to have a man in my life, thus sparing me some bad decisions and keeping me from the misery of being married to some profane man.
--allowed me to have a fulfilling career of working with young people in Christian school settings.
--gave me many great Christian friends from every era of my life.
I'm still a sinner, doing wrong things that need forgiveness and having to face the consequences of any sin. But salvation at age eight was a protection for life as well as for eternity. God's mercy and grace are boundless.