Stories

October 2017

Dear Friend,

Izzy’s life hung in the balance at only 15 years old, and the scales were not tipping in her favor. Unforgiving odds predicted Izzy would drop out of high school and end up homeless or in jail. But Izzy’s Young Life leader Janice hoped she had the perfect counterweight for the scales: a thin piece of paper with 30 ruled lines.

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” Janice asked Izzy. “I’d like to be a real estate agent,” Izzy replied. “Great!” said Janice. “Let’s make a plan!” 

Janice printed “Jesus and Sarah Wilson” on the top two lines of the paper and “real estate agent” on line 30 and then began sketching a vision for Izzy’s life from top to bottom.

“You have to keep Jesus first, or you will never make it,” Janice said as she penned a list of action steps for Izzy. “Next, you have to meet my friend, Sarah,” Janice added, and scribbled words like “customer service” across the page. 

Sarah is a real estate agent who loves Jesus and is now introducing Izzy to her trade. It looks like Janice was right: A piece of paper can tip the scales in someone’s favor when that paper bears the weight of God’s redeeming love. 

Thank you for supporting this mission. It is a privilege to partner with you in Young Life.​

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw