Love Does 1

A few notes for those of you joining us for the first time:

Each day I will post a quick summary here at our online home for the Love Does study. I will send out the link each morning via email (or text if you selected that option). If at any time you want to be removed from email or text, just let me know. The alerts are sent early in the morning so that you have it available whenever you want to read during your day – not because I like getting up early, ha!

You should plan to read the day’s assigned reading in the actual book before the online summary. This is bonus material and totally optional. This space is a way for us all to interact and engage about what we are reading. The more that we comment and share here, the better!

The schedule for our study may be found here >> Love Does Schedule <<. It will also be added to the end of each day’s post to reference at any time.

Don’t let this get overwhelming. Life happens. If you fall behind, catch up when you can. It will be easier to reach each day – especially if you want to keep up with the online summary. But, feel free to comment on these posts at any time – even if you’re a few days late reading.

I’m sooo very glad that you are here!

Friday, May 1
Chapter 1: I’m With You
(pg 1)

Quote of the Day:

“The world can make you think that love can be picked up at a garage sale or enveloped in a Hallmark card. 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. What I learned from Randy about the brand of love Jesus offers is that it’s more about presence than undertaking a project. It’s a brand of love that doesn’t just think about good things, or agree with them, or talk about them. What I learned from Randy reinforced the simple truth that continues to weave itself into the tapestry of every great story: Love does.” – Bob Goff, Love Does (pg 9)

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 1:22-23
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Putting Love Into Action (from the Love Does Study Guide):

Think about your life and consider: Is there a person who has been there with you when the going got rough? Or a person who poured out his or her life to mentor or counsel you? Or someone who talked you out of making a bad choice or talked you into making a good one?

Identify such a person…and then, right now, reach out to them and say thanks. Send a text or email (try Facebook, if you’ve lost touch)…The more immediate, the better. Just say, “Thank you for being there for me.” – Love Does Study Guide, pg 20

Question: Who was YOUR Randy?

Comment below and share to encourage others in our study. We LOVE hearing your comments and input, it’s truly what makes these studies more meaningful! I’ll be leaving the first comment each day with my answer for the question/action of the day. Now, your turn 🙂


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14 thoughts on “Love Does 1

  1. Officially I haven’t signed up for this session. I hope it’s ok for me to join.
    Okay, I am known for being open and pretty candid in these posts. And I have a feeling this book is going to bring more of that out.
    In my life there have been several that have been there for/with me for a phase. At times I wish I could reach out to thank them. But honestly some I don’t even remember their names. And faces are a blur. I can only hope they know what their support meant to me. And that I can offer the same support to others… in the right situation.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! And you beat me to my own comment on here ha!! Glad you are joining us. You’ll have a different perspective after you are able to read the chapters too! Yay!!


  2. I’ve had many Randy’s in my life – so many that have poured their time and wisdom into making me a better person. One of those was a professor in college named Ms Hamid. She went over and beyond to teach me, and be a mom when mine was 5+ hours away (and she didn’t have children of her own). She not only gave me opportunities to grow, she gave me opportunities to fail – but stood right there beside me the entire time. She was wth me, no matter what. She hired me to work for her on campus and trusted me with some of my most valuable leadership roles that gave me the experience I needed. She was truly one of a kind. She even bought a house two doors down from her own my junior year and rented it out to me and my best friends! What a lady. I’m going to try to find her today. She’s literally lived in Egypt for the past few years, not joking!!! Thanks, Ms Hamid!!


  3. There are too many people in my life for me to list them all here. I could start at the beginning and thank my mom and dad for all the sacrifices to provide a wonderful childhood for me. We were not rich but I never remember going without anything that we needed but I do remember my dad working two jobs to provide for us. I’m most thankful for my christian heritage. We were in church every time the doors were open. I learned from the start to trust and depend on the Lord. I just hope that on this journey that others will see Jesus through my life. I learned that none of us are perfect and we fail our Lord over and over again. The beautiful part about serving our Father is that he keeps forgiving us over and over again. I’m excited about our newest book journey. Our past studies are brought to my mind continuously! I’m sure I will have a new perspective on love after reading this book!

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    1. Great responses! I’d love to hear about anyone else that picked one person to reach out to and thank today. I know we all have lots that we could choose from! I sent an email to Ms. Hamid letting her know how much I appreciate all that she invested in me during my college years. Then, this afternoon I had the coolest surprise. Another “Randy” in my life actually signed up to join us for this book study!! Welcome, Mrs. Cooper (she said I could call her Kathy now, but she’s still Mrs. Cooper)! This incredible lady helped me so much during high school and I will always be grateful for the amazing support that she gave while helping me get to college. She was my high school guidance counselor and she has changed so many lives! Thank you, Mrs. Cooper for all that you did to encourage me!


  4. For me the first person that came to my mind was Chris Foster. Chris was the youth pastor at the church where I got saved, New Life Church of God. Chris was like Randy in many ways. Specifically though, Chris would drop what he was doing with his own family to hang out with me and be a witness in my early Christianity. I looked up to Chris because of that and have tried to be like this to others in my past. Not much here lately but know the importance of “being there” for people. Chris definitely lived that out when I was first introduced to Jesus! Thank you Chris.

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    1. Brian, I would second that about Chris. He was definitely that with my daughters. And I wish I had someone like that for Christian.

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  5. I would have to say Mrs. Carolyn Griffin. She was my Sunday school teacher and she was always smiling and hugging me. I truly felt loved and she taught me at a very tender age to love and trust God. When I see her now she still has the same sweet smile and she means a lot to me!

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