Adventures of a Bookworm: Love Does #3

“You know what it is about someone that makes them a friend? A friend doesn’t just say things; a friend does.”

I’ve been so extremely lucky to experience this type of love in a friendship.  Everyone has the friendships that are about convenience to spend time with you when it fits in their schedule or when there is no one else.  A friendship where love does though, turns the idea of convenience inside out.

I met my best friend our freshman year of high school.  Four years of being best friends, and then the college adventure began. Both hundreds of miles away from home.  Both hundreds of miles away from each other.  We knew we were going to stay best friends though, and today, four years later, I can honestly say that’s true.  And you know why? Our friendship is where love does.

As you’re graduating high school, you have the friendships where you say, “we’ll text all the time and Skype once a week!” or “we’ll always be there for each other!” But that’s just talk.  And until you’re actually apart do you see how the friendships that were meant to last will.

While love may take effort, I personally think the “love does” that Bob Goff describes is about a type of love where effort doesn’t have the negative connotation that can be associated with it.  You do things because it’s genuine.  And most of all, you take action.

My best friend has decided last minute to fly to my school to visit me for the weekend.  My best friend has driven more than an hour to spend the night catching up, and then driven that same distance the next day to watch me compete.  My best friend and I text almost every day because we genuinely care about taking the time to know how the other is doing.

My best friend DOES so many little things, that add up to a great big LOVE that I wouldn’t trade for the world- all of which reminds me that

Magic is hidden in the simple things.

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Adventures of a Bookworm: Love Does #2

“I learned that faith isn’t about knowing all 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’s why Jesus is sometimes called Immanuel- ‘God is with us.’  I think that’s what God had in mind, for Jesus to be present, to just be with us.  It’s also what He has in mind for us when it comes to other people.”

The first word that comes to mind when I read this passage is “comfort.” God is always with us.  Jesus is always with us.  We should always be there for others.  How comforting does all that sound?

I think a lot of people are turned off by faith and religion-thinking it’s too strict or they don’t know enough to get involved.  They think following Jesus means obeying a certain set of strict rules that don’t allow you to live your life to the fullest.  But really, it’s the exact opposite.  How freeing is it to think that God is always with you? That if you live a life for Jesus that you’re always there for others? Sure, it’s a sacrifice, but it’s a sacrifice for the better.  Then I think there’s others who are very religious, and still think that faith is all about living your life a very particular way.  That doesn’t sound very freeing or comforting to me.

God is with us.  Jesus is with us. What if you lived your life based on the feeling that someone was always with you-through the highs and the lows-that someone was right by your side, there with you through every moment.  How would you live? A life of joy? A life of gratitude? A life of giving back and being there for others?

That is what faith is all about.

Adventures of a Bookworm: Love Does

Love Does. When given this book by my friend, I was drawn in by the title…love does? Love does what?

And it’s this question that Bob Goff answers, and perfectly I might add.  Not only does he answer this question, but he makes it a statement.  Love does.

God challenges us every day to live out the idea of love. Bob Goff puts the “do” in faith, as he says in his introduction.  I think in a time when less people are attending church and more people are questioning the existence of God, I think this is what faith and religion need to be all about.  Faith in God is simple.  It’s about love and it’s about putting love into action.

For me, religion is that simple.  It’s about loving life because God has blessed us with so much.

So, as I begin this book, I can’t wait to connect his stories to my life, and discover ways that I can too live in a way where “Love Does.”

After all, Magic is Hidden in the Simple Things.

Adventures of a Bookworm

Welcome to my new sub-blog. Adventures of a Bookworm. Do you ever read a book and just want to write a bunch of quotes down so you’ll remember them? Or take pictures of pages and send them to your friends? Well maybe that’s just me, but I’m starting this sub-blog for that very reason- to remember the books that have impacted me and share them with others.

Ready to take on the adventure with me?