Simply put: LOVE DOES

Let's be honest, I should really be getting ready to head to campus for a long day, but all I can think about is blogging. I am so grateful for the support and positive comments you have all sent my way, I knew this was right. I could barely sleep last night thinking about what I had to say today.

I start every morning reading a Psalm, and then doing a simple Bible study I found online. It's not much, but it keeps me going. Since Matt and I finished "Love Dare" a few weeks ago (I will talk more about this in future posts I am sure, but if you're in a relationship I HIGHLY recommend it), I have been looking for something as fulfilling to dive into. That lead me to Bob Goff's, "Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World." If you don't already know me, I am a total book worm, and will share a lot about my current reads here.

Although I am not quite finished with this book, it has already brought me so much joy and fulfillment. It's one of those books that really helps you take a look at yourself, and although it also makes you realize what areas of your life need help, it makes you feel as if the life you want is completely redeemable through Jesus. And it is.

Bob, through a series of short stories, shares a number of eye-opening truths and encourages feelings of empowerment, all while bringing you closer to Jesus. This isn't a typical Christian book, it doesn't tell you how Christianity or the church are failing, or how YOU are failing (as many I have read do), instead it shows you a new way to live, while maintaining your true self. I'd recommend this book to everyone, even those guys out there!

My favorite quote thus far from "Love Does," goes something like this: "In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does." -p. xvi

Let's think about this one. LOVE DOES. I think Bob uses a story about wanting to drop out of high school and run off to Yosemite. Upon telling his Young Life leader this, he joins him for the ride, free of hesitation, judgement, or even words. He just says, "Bob I'm with you." Turns out the morning Bob stopped by his house was the morning after his wedding day, but still, that didn't stop him. How amazing is this? Would you do this for someone? I can't honestly say I would have. But you know what? God would. God is always with us.

Wouldn't the world be so much different if we just did things for others without hesitation? If we became more like God in this sense? If we stopped saying "one day" or "maybe later." This book has truly challenged me. I am an incredibly busy student, and to be honest, after a long day all I want to do is read and lay on my couch. I turn down so many offers to spend time with friends, all because I am too worried about myself. Other times, I become a terror to be around all because I am stressed or exhausted. I'm ready to step out of my comfort zone and really just do things because I love people. I want to cook my boyfriend dinner for no reason without expecting help, I want to comfort a friend when they are in need even if I feel like saying "I told you so," I want to show people that I am with them, no matter what decision they make. Does this sound drastic? It's not. All it takes is a decision to act, without thinking. For those fellow Psychology students out there, this is also known as mindfulness: the trait of staying aware of (paying close attention to) your responsibilities.

Therefore, I challenge you to join me. Make a sacrifice for someone you love, or even a complete stranger. How would your life be different if you said to someone, "I'm with you."

A few of my other favorite quotes from this book:

“I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.”

“But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.” 

“The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure.”

'I learned that faith isn’t about knowing all of the right stuff or obeying a list of rules. It’s something more, something more costly because it involves being present and making a sacrifice. Perhaps that is why sometimes Jesus is sometimes called Immanuel– “God with us."'

"The challenge that comes into sharp relief is whether we are willing to give up all we have to follow Him, to know God. Are we willing to trade up?….In that sense, Jesus isn’t requesting a sacrifice at all.  He’s asking us to play Bigger and Better, where we give up ourselves and end up with Him."

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