Big Brian—The Gentle Giant

Brian was big—yet I knew he was gentle. At 17, he began sharing his new faith with the other incarcerated teens. Sometimes because of his size, the younger ones felt compelled to agree with him.

One night he was waiting for me with two 14-year-olds he’d recruited. I asked them a few questions and began sharing with them about Jesus and His love. Both appeared uncomfortable and restless. So I asked why they had come.

“Brian said we had to come. He said we needed it.”

I told them if they wanted to leave, they could be excused. They both left.

I then told Brian that I appreciate his zeal for God. “You and I both know these guys need the Lord in their lives.  But if they don’t recognize the need for themselves, we cannot push it—that’s not God’s way. They know where you stand. Your job is to stay close to God, study His Word, pray for these guys, be kind to them and to others.

“You, Brian, have experienced the power of God in your life. So have I. We both yearn for others to know the love of God as we do. This is good.

“There are some angry guys who live here. You are setting an example for them, because of the Holy Spirit living in you. He’s been giving you self-control and patience—you  don’t even get in fights anymore! The other guys see that.  You’re having an effect on their lives whether you know it or not.

“Years from now there will be men who remember that Brian had inner strength he received from God. Years from now they may decide, ‘Perhaps it’s time to start following Brian’s example.’  You will never know until you get to heaven, how many lives you have influenced for God.”

  • For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.     2 Peter 1:8


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Big Brian—The Gentle Giant

  1. Liana says:

    Wonderful illustration of godly advice Kathleen. God bless.

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