Love Does 3

Sunday, May 3
Chapter 3: Ryan in Love
(pg 17)

Quote of the Day:

“Ryan’s love was audacious. It was whimsical. It was strategic. Most of all, it was contagious. Watching Ryan lose himself in love reminded me that being “engaged” isn’t just an event that happens when a guy gets on one knee and puts a ring on his true love’s finger. Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged to life and with life.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 24

Scripture Reference:

Oh my goodness!! Didn’t you just LOVE reading this mini love story about a boy named Ryan who was soo obviously in love?? Here’s a scripture that talks about the relationship between God’s love and our love:

1 John 4:7-12 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

Putting Love into Action:

Spend 5 minutes today in your normal routine – but stop – intentionally and recognize God’s love right where you are. It might be in church. It might be in your car. It might be at home. It might be washing dishes. It might be walking outside. Wherever you are, look for Him in the ordinary moments of your day. Are there some places that He’s been all along and you were too busy to recognize Him? Are there people and things that stick out to you like never before? Are there things you can start looking for in your everyday life to notice God more?

Questions/Discussion:

How did you like Bob’s story about Ryan? Did it make you feel more inspired (“I could do that too!”) or condemned (I’ve never done anything that creative!”)? Why?

Post your comments below for today’s questions/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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10 thoughts on “Love Does 3

  1. Bob’s story about Ryan really inspired me. I do have the creativity to be like Ryan, but I feel that all too often lately I’ve been allowing life’s frustrations and difficulties rob me of being more audacious and whimsy. I have the gift of being creative and outgoing. I want to allow that part of me to grow more into who I am every single day, regardless of life’s circumstances and things that go wrong in my day. I want to look for God’s love more and be a reflection of that love – even when 30+ bicycle people crowd the road and make me late for my hair appointment!!!!

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    1. Ha! For those of you that haven’t heard this herd of bicycle people blocked a very curvy and hilly road that I take every day one day this week and made me late for my hair appointment. I was NOT a happy person in that moment and I did not in any way reflect the love of Jesus. I need prayer. Lots of prayer. Brian needs prayer too, for putting up with me 😉

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  2. I have never done that or been that bold…I am truly inspired. I want to be so in love with Jesus that I love that boldly to not just my husband, my kids, and my circle….but to those that drive me bonkers (bicyclist included). That I remember God put me here to love and show compassion and offer the grace and mercy that was given to me. Thank you that the cross has made me flawless, and helps me cope with a torn up parking lot at Walmart 🙂

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    1. another thought as I was listening to this chapter on the way to work… who would have the audacity to do what Ryan did? And who would be willing to open their homes (lives) to a complete stranger?
      And I want to know Ryan’s wife side of this story. 🙂

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      1. Ha, that would be funny to hear from his wife! I wonder if it was something TOTALLY outside of who Ryan normally was or if she would tell us that every aspect of his life is just like that? And yeah, he got lucky that it was Bob that he met up with!

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    2. Ahh, that’s fantastic! And just think, you’ve only known the tame Starr – if you guys had only known me in college days as “KIMMMMM!”

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