I was relaxing with my daughter at a local coffee shop, a delicious Americano in my hand. We happened to see a young man leave the store and drop a book, with a resounding plop, at the register. He tapped the book with his fist, as if to say to the young barista, “there you go” and skipped out quickly, not saying a word. She looked at us with surprise and said “Oh my gosh, I just told him his book looked interesting. I didn’t expect him to give it to me!” The book was “Love Does” by Bob Goff. I remember thinking; I have to get that book.
Of course as soon as I got home I ordered a copy. I couldn’t wait to read it. And now, 224 pages later, I know why that young man gave this book away. It’s true Christianity right there. Simple, simple, simple. You know what to do, just do it. This is an easy read and I enjoyed every minute of it. I literally laughed out loud after the chapter, “Wow, What a Hit!”
You soon learn that love is not an adjective, a feeling word, it’s an action word, a doing word. Therefore, love does!!!!!
The Bible is so clear; I don’t know why I don’t have this pasted in my memory banks, why it doesn’t come to my mind before anything else. But I’m a selfish person and my tendency is to look out for me. If we could just remember that Jesus said we are to love our neighbors. (Matthew 5:43)
You ask, “Who is my neighbor?” Haddon Robinson answers that very simply. Our neighbor is anyone whose need I see whose need puts me in a position to meet. They may be unknown, unfriendly, unlovely and unrewarding. I may need to spend time and money.
And if that doesn’t make it clear, how about Philippians 2:3-4? Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
So, what is this going to look like? It’ll be different for each one of us. For starters, I am going to visit that older woman who hasn’t been to church in awhile. Visiting her has been on my mind for a long time. Maybe she needs some errands to be run and I bet you a buck she’d enjoy a bowl of that homemade minestrone soup I made last night.
Changing You, little by little.