This is a Christian Short Story, if you do not like it you do not have to read. It is not meant to be judgmental to anyone. Please enjoy and read. I know about the paragraphs I haven't gotten to fix those yet.
God looked down from heaven at his precious child, Lena Grace. His desire for her to come to him was great. He knew that she would eventually return to him.
Aubrey Sheppard and Karina Cressinda were setting up for Aubrey’s candidate party. All the party favors were ready and Karina was looking at the guests list. Aubrey was just laying down the last bowl of snacks when Karina gasped. “What’s wrong,” Aubrey said. She walked over to where Karina was sitting. Karina pointed to a name on her guest list. “Why did you invite Lena Grace? Isn’t she that gothic girl you got your boyfriend, Justin Holt, and his posse to pick on?”
“Yeah, but I need all the votes I can get. If we make sure Lena has a great time at the party; we have her vote. She may be what I need to beat that Jesus-Freak, Stacie Parker,” Aubrey said with a mean grin on her face. Karina laughed for a while but suddenly grew serious. “What do we do after the election?” Aubrey laughed and said “We drop her like a hot potato.” They both laughed until there was a knock on the door and the guests started coming.
Lena Grace looked at herself in the side view mirror of her car. Her face was as pretty as she could make it. She had curled her blue hair and was wearing her favorite black dress. Lena had no idea why the most popular girl in school had invited her to a party. She knew Aubrey had been looking for publicity so she would be elected as the high school president, but Lena didn't expect that Aubrey would invite her to anything. ‘It was a nice change,’ Lena thought as she walked up to the door and knocked.
Aubrey was talking to her friends when she heard a knock on the door. Aubrey exchanged a glance with Karina as she walked towards the door. She knew it was Lena Grace at the door, because everybody else she had invited was already there. She opened the door to let Lena in and found herself gawking at a new dazzling Lena. However, instead of focusing on her beauty, Aubrey was jealous. ‘Why does this loser have a pretty dress like that? I should have that beautiful dress.’ Aubrey thought to herself. “Wow, Lena, you look great. I love your dress.” She put on a false smile. Lena smiled shyly “Thanks, I got it from…” she started to say, when Karina came over and dragged Lena away into the party. Lena ate food, danced and met new people. Karina saw that Lena was really nice. This made her feel bad about what they were going to do to her following election time.
Aubrey stood up on her chair and everybody quieted as she began to talk. “Thank you all for coming! As you all probably know, I am running for our student body president. When I am elected, I will make sure that this school year is the best ever. I hope to see all of you choosing my name on the ballet.” Karina led everyone in applause. “WHO’S GOING TO WIN?” Aubrey shouted. Karina led everybody in chanting. “AUBREY! AUBREY! AUBREY!” Aubrey was delighted at this response, especially when she saw Lena was chanting the loudest.
The next day was Election Day. Aubrey and Karina were backstage in the auditorium. Aubrey was thrilled. This was the day she was going to become high school president, and the day she would humiliate the low-life Lena Grace.
Karina felt horrible about the idea of dropping Lena. She heard a still small voice in her head telling her not to listen to Aubrey, but she didn't want to make Aubrey mad. She was brought out of her thoughts, when Aubrey nudged her. Stacie Parker, the other candidate, was coming towards them with her friend Cutler Turner. Cutler was the person that Stacie had chosen to be her Vice-President. Stacie stopped by where Aubrey and Karina were sitting. Aubrey looked at her with narrowed eyes. “What do you want Stacie?” she growled. Stacie’s smile didn't waver “I just wanted to come and wish you good luck.” She heard the principal say her name and got ready to walk out. “Good luck,” she said before she walked on stage. Aubrey turned to Karina, “Come on, we’re next”.
Lena watched as the two candidates made their introductions, but in her mind she knew she was voting for Aubrey. She had already marked Aubrey’s name on her card. She had gone back to wearing all black, but decided that after Aubrey won she would wear her dress more often. When the introductions were over the students were told to mark their ballots and hand the ballot to the Vice Principal. Lena was the first one up.
After 10 long minutes all the votes were in and counted. Aubrey was excited. She couldn't wait to hear who had won. (Even though she already knew she had won.) The principal walked to the stage and in a clear voice said “And the winner is… Aubrey Sheppard!” Aubrey and Karina screamed and embraced as the crowd clapped and cheered. Stacie and Cutler came over and shook hands with the girls. “Congratulations” Cutler said smiling. Aubrey paid no attention to him and walked of the stage and into a flock of fans.
Lena ran up to Aubrey and grabbed her hand to congratulate her. All chattering stopped and everybody looked at Lena. Aubrey yanked her hand away from Lena and yelled “SHE TOUCHED ME! THE FREAK TOUCHED ME!” Lena looked at Aubrey, confused at what was happening. “Wait, what?” Aubrey laughed at the girl “Stupid girl, the only reason I invited you to my party was so you would vote for me. You’re useless to me now.” Everybody within hearing distance started to laugh, except for Stacie and Cutler. Lena fought her way out of the room crying.
Lena ran into the girl’s locker room and shut the door. She sat down on the bench and put her face into her hands. “Lena,” a voice called. “It’s Stacie, do you want to talk?” Lena looked up. Stacie was standing in front of her with a book in her hand. Stacie sat down next to Lena and opened the book. Lena saw that she was holding a Bible. “Lena,” Stacie said “I know you feel hurt. I was once in your position. However, I found that only one person could cure the hurt. That person is Jesus. He died on the cross for everyone taking away their sins and bearing it. Then, three days later, Christ rose from the dead. Now anyone can come to Christ if they confess their sins and believe in him. Do you want to be free from the sins that have held you back?” Lena lifted her head “Yes.” Lena got down on her knees and Stacie got down next to her. Lena gave God her heart and desires and traded them for his heart and desires.
That night Stacie took Lena to her youth group and sat down and talked to the youth pastor, Josh Waybright. Josh gave Lena a Bible and What is the Gospelby Greg Gilbert. For the next month she devoured the Word of God. When she had finished reading through the Bible: she had an overwhelming desire to give the gospel to Aubrey and Karina. She prayed for a week until she knew that it was God’s desire for her to witness to her enemies.
On Monday, she went to school praying for an opportunity to talk to Aubrey and Karina about the gospel. Aubrey and Karina were planning Field Day for the school when they saw Lena happily walking by with Stacie and Cutler. Aubrey was mad. “Why doesn’t she look sad and depressed? I thought that she would be going to a different school by now.” They walked after her. Lena, Stacie, and Cutler had just sat down at a table for lunch. Aubrey walked up and slammed her hands on the table. “Why are you still here?” she barked. Lena looked at her, and then a smile crossed her face “Hey Aubrey! Hey Karina! I’ve been meaning to talk with you. Sit down.” Aubrey shrieked, grabbed her hair in irritation, and stormed off.
Karina, however, sat down. “Before you get mad, I want to apologize for what we did. Will you ever forgive me?” she asked. Lena silently said a prayer of thanks to God. “I forgive you Karina, but what you did was not just against me. It was against God. Lena went through the whole gospel with Karina, and Karina decided to give God everything. She started going to youth group and taking every chance she could to read the Bible Josh gave her.
When she found out that Karina had become a Jesus-Freak, Aubrey was devastated. All her plans were crashing around her. She decided to blame all her problems on Lena Grace. She aimed all her anger at her.
Then one day, Lena was driving to Bible study and Aubrey was right behind her. Aubrey’s anger was at its boiling point. Her car started accelerating faster but Aubrey wasn't paying attention. She didn't see Lena’s car stop at the stop sign. CRASH!
Aubrey woke up. She was not in her car anymore. She was lying down in front of a big white throne. She looked to her right to see Lena Grace kneeling and singing praises to God. Then she heard a loud voice say her name. “Aubrey Sheppard” She looked up and saw God sitting on his throne. “You are guilty of sin and must suffer in Hell.” “Wait, God”, she said. “I’m the president of the student body. I’m also at the top of my class, and definitely much better than her,” she pointed to Lena. God stared hard at Aubrey “Depart from me you worker of iniquity. I never knew you.” Aubrey screamed, as she was ushered into a place with weeping and gnashing of teeth.
God turned to look at his precious daughter, Lena Grace. “Oh Daughter” He said to her with tears in his eyes. “I have seen the pain you have been put through. I was there when your so called “Friends” let you down. I was there when you came to realize your need for me. Though weeping endured for a time; now true joy has come and I will wipe away every tear. Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and enjoy your Father’s happiness.