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
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?
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!