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How to Drastically Change One Girl’s Life

By: Bethany Beal

Forty years ago a high school girl did something courageous that would forever change my life. Let me rewind and take you back to that moment.

My mom, Heidi, was a high school girl who wanted nothing to do with God. She was an outgoing, tall, blonde, wild, party-going girl, who was living life to the “fullest.” She had a very clear reputation in her school, and everyone knew that “Christianity” and “Heidi” did not mix.

That didn’t stop Sheila.

Attending my mom’s high school was a courageous girl named Sheila. Sheila was a Christian, actively involved in her church’s youth program. She took her faith seriously and viewed her high school as a place to share the incredible news of Jesus with others.

Sheila and my mom were just acquaintances, but Sheila could see straight through my mom’s partying and wild side.

Sheila understood how empty life without Jesus truly was, and she could see my mom’s desperate need for Him. So Sheila did something that no one else had ever done before. She invited my mom to church. My mom turned her down. But Sheila didn’t give up. She continued to regularly invite my mom for months.

My mom continued to say “no.”

Finally, after months of being “pestered” by this Sheila girl, my mom agreed to go to church. Her goal was just to get this Shelia off of her case. She wasn’t interested in church or God, but she figured if she went, Sheila would finally leave her alone.

My mom didn’t know that her life was about to change forever.

She went to church and heard a clear presentation of the gospel for the first time in her entire life. Her eyes were opened. She understood her need. She realized that her life was empty and hopeless and that she was on the road to hell. When faced with her need, she accepted Jesus as her Savior and surrendered her life to Him.

Because of God’s grace and Sheila’s faithfulness, my mom’s life was drastically changed. She has been passionate about Jesus ever since and has continued to carry the torch of the gospel everywhere she goes.

I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for Sheila.

Because of her willingness to be a “Jesus freak” and look weird in her friend’s eyes, my entire family history has been changed for eternity.

My mom was saved and as a result, the truth of the gospel was passed on to me. I’m actively sharing it with others. All of this was made possible because one girl was willing to follow Jesus and obey the Great Commission:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19–20).

Each and every one of us has a choice to make. We can either stand strong in our faith and boldly share it with those around us, or we can keep our mouths shut.

I pray each of us will boldly share Christ.

I pray we will be courageous girls who understand the value of the gospel and treasure it enough to share it with those around us. I pray we will be the “Sheilas” of our generation and reach out to the “Heidis” who are lost.

Who Is Your Heidi?

Who is the Heidi in your life. Who do you know who doesn’t know Jesus? (If you aren’t sure, ask Jesus to bring a name to mind.)

I want to challenge you to bravely do what Sheila did forty years ago.

Reach out to that person with the gospel. Invite them to church or a Bible study. Find a way to share the gospel.

Take the leap of faith and reach out.

And don’t give up! Remember, my mom turned Sheila down for months. Because Shelia kept asking, my mom eventually heard the good news of the gospel.

If you have someone in mind who needs the gospel, leave a comment below so I can pray for you. I’d love to hear from you and encourage you as you strive to bravely reach out and faithfully share your faith with others.

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20 Responses to How to Drastically Change One Girl’s Life

  1. thehappygirl says:

    My uncle definitely needs the Lord… He’s a heavy drinker. Also my friend’s brother; he parties and does drugs. I think his family has almost given up on him. I always pray for both of them, but rarely mention church or anything like that to them. I definitely will now though!

  2. Grace says:

    I really struggle with having the boldness to witness to those around me who need the lord, please pray that I would be strengthened in the power of Gods word and Spirit!

  3. Maria Wilson says:

    I need help with boldly witnessing. Because sometimes I am too afraid to share my faith with those around me because I wonder how they would react.

    • Julie says:

      I totally understand being intimidated about how people might react, but remember.. They won’t be rejecting you- they will be rejecting Jesus. God bless you Maria! 🙂

    • Mykaela says:

      I totally get that!! I would HIGHLY recommend looking up a man named Mark Cahill on YouTube. His talks are the most encouraging things I’ve EVER heard on sharing your faith!!

  4. Olivia Scott says:

    Thank you for this post! Really inspiring. I have a friend named Caitlin, whom I have never met in person, but have got to know through the Internet and texting, who doesn’t know Jesus. I pray for her every time I think of her and have shared Jesus with her before. She has had a super rough life and she’s not even sure if God exists. Every time I talk to her, at some point in the conversation, I tell her that I’m praying for her. I want her so desperately to know Him. There’s also a girl that I know a little bit, but I hardly ever get to see her and have no way to contact her, that I know isn’t a Christian. And I have lots of family on my mom’s side that we either know for sure they don’t know Jesus or we’re unsure. And most of the family members live very far away in other states. So please just pray for their salvations. <3

  5. Micah Fox says:

    Thank you so much for this encouragment!! It just so happens that I am meeting a girl today that I have been praying for her salvation, the prayers are greatly appreciated!! Thanks once again!

  6. Faith M. says:

    This is very similar to what happened to my mom. My aunt became a Christian and would witness all of the time to my mom. She invited her to church for a year before my mom decided to go to get my aunt off her back. My aunt was very dark and depressed before she got saved and would write according to that in a journal. My mom found her journal and saw the difference. My mom asked my aunt what had happened, why it went from death to life in her writing. My aunt told her she got saved. Then a little while after that my mom got saved.

  7. Liz says:

    Thank you Bethany! I am in high school and have been witnessing over and over again to a friend in one of my classes. I am encouraged to not give up!

  8. Thamires says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have a friend that is gay and he constantly asks me to bring him to church and I really want him to go because I see that he needs Jesus.. But I don’t know wjen it’s the right moment to bring him. I’ve already asked him to go to church but he is always busy! Oh, God give me strenght to keep going!!!

  9. Hannah says:

    Please pray for my sister Destiny and her friend Jamila. Destiny used to take Jamila to church and just recently started talking to her again, and found out she no longer believes in God. I know Destiny is going through a lot, and although I would love for Jamila to believe in God again I know Destiny might not be the one to influence this time around. Please pray for them both!

  10. Aili says:

    Great encouragement! Please pray for my husbands cousin Laura and her boyfriend Lars

  11. Rebecca says:

    I want to encourage people like this, but what if you’re homeschooled and the only social thing you really go to is church???

    • Dawn says:

      This is a great question, Rebecca! Guess what? Church is the perfect place to reach out to someone!

      My church has an active outreach program, so I have opportunities to try to be a blessing to girls like Bethany’s mom was. If you have these kinds of girls in your church, use your time there to reach out to them! You can befriend them and make them want to come back. You can smile and show them you are glad they are there. You can be their accountability in church attendance and Bible reading.

      If you don’t ever have these wild-type girls in your church, find someone else to reach out to. Small children, other teenagers, the elderly, there is always someone who needs encouragement. A person doesn’t have to be living in utter wickedness for you to impact their life.

      Ask your parents if they would allow/help you to spend some time reaching out to others — maybe just distributing gospel tracts in a park or something.

      Realize that encouraging others is going to look different for different people. Everyone has different opportunities, but it is always possible to find someone who needs you to be a blessing to them. Don’t forget your family! There are countless opportunities to be a blessing in your own home everyday.

      Most importantly, pray for God to put needy people in your path. When you make yourself available for Him to use, you will be amazed at the opportunities he will avail you.

      God bless you as you seek to serve him!

      • Rebecca says:

        Thank you Dawn!!! That was helpful and encouraging! I wil be more mindful of ways to reach out to others, and use the ways you listed also. Thank you SO much 🙂

  12. Cassandra says:

    This was SO ENCOURAGING. I just started college after being homeschooled my whole life and will definitely use this! Thanks 🙂

  13. daughter of the one True King says:

    Hi, I’m a homeschooled Christian Teen-aged girl and at first I wasn’t sure who I could reach out to because i’m surrounded by other Christians. (Which is a good thing!) But I believe God has given me someone. Please pray for God to show me how to proceed.

  14. Shannon says:

    I have a friend who I have known for about 10 months who isn’t saved. I have had some Bible studies and some good conversations with her but she hasn’t yet accepted Christ. Please pray that she will accept Christ’s sacrifice and become a Christian.

  15. Naomi says:

    Thank-you so much for this post!! I’m so scared of what my friends will think – this really helped me to realize that I don’t have to worry about what they think, and to know that it is possible was a great encouragement. I’m going to try and invite my friend to church when I see her tomorrow.

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