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Dear Young Disciples,

When “Shane” came in late to Sabbath School with chains around his neck and a stud in his ear, I didn’t think I’d have much in common with him. Still, I didn’t want to be rude. I wanted him to know Christians are kind, so I asked God for grace to be friendly and show Him Christ’s courtesy.

That afternoon our youth group went for a hike, and along the trail, Shane told me a little bit of his story. His life had been full of many sad, worldly experiences he now regretted. But just a few weeks ago, he had learned how much God loved him and had decided to give Jesus his life! Already he was changing his lifestyle, including his diet and music choices. Even though everything was new to him, Shane was open to whatever Christ asked.

As it turned out, Shane was also a serious hiker and musician, so we actually had quite a bit to talk about. In an hour, someone I had shied away from had become my Christian brother.

When it comes to the heart, you and I can’t read it, no matter what we see on the outside. We don’t know who is on the edge of Christ’s Kingdom, wanting to step in. By a word, look, or action from a Christian, these “fence-riders” can be pushed away or drawn in.

Shane taught me that whether or not someone looks like a candidate for conversion, God is drawing them. Will you be His channel of love?

Your friend,

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