Love Does 26

Tuesday, May 26
Chapter 26: Jailbreak
(pg 173)

Quote of the Day:

“God pursues us into whatever dark place we’ve landed and behind whatever locked door holds us in. He holds our unwashed and dirty hands and models how He wants us to pursue each other. Sometimes that means picking up a phone and asking a stranger to do something that seems crazy at first. He invites us to leave perfectly fine careers like Charlie did, and rather than having us apply for a position, He says our lives are the position. And He says to ordinary people like me and you that instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, sometimes God wants us to keep our eyes open for people in need, do something about it, and bow our whole lives to Him instead.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pgs. 181

Scripture Reference:

Colossians 3:12-15
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Putting Love into Action:

Just like the quote from today’s reading says: “Instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, sometimes God wants us to keep our eyes open for people in need, do something about it, and bow our whole lives to Him instead.” Are your eyes open this week?

Question/Discussion:

Has there been a time when God used you or any other ordinary person in your life to do something crazy – to do something to help others in need? Tell us about what happened!

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

~Starr

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3 thoughts on “Love Does 26

  1. One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen as far as God using ordinary people to do big things was with a charity drive at my old job. Each year, we would set out the bins for the back to school collection drive to benefit kids in need. I’ll never forget the year we issued a challenge to bring just 1 item only: markers. We even made it a challenge for each side of the building to compete against each other and see who could bring the most. I have never in my life seen so many markers. The employees came out with THOUSANDS of packs of markers. To the tune of almost 10,000 packs!! It was incredible! This showed me how ordinary people can make such a difference when we pull together for a common goal and focus. I loved being part of the marker challenge tradition up until I left that job. It was something that I’ll never ever forget!

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  2. I love how God pricks your heart. A couple of years ago God told me to get 9 blankets monogrammed and take them to my sisters transition house. She had finished rehab and she lived with a bunch of other women who were trying to get back on their feet. I had been there once (it was in Greensboro so it was an all day event to go there) and wanted to go again and spend more time with these ladies that my sister would forever have a bond with. So I found 9 blankets and then I sent out a few text messages because God also told me to pamper them. So within minutes my friend who always works on Saturdays replied that she had a random day off and could go. Another friend said yes and another and she even singed up her friend who I didn’t even know. I was stunned – these women were willing to go when I said God told me to pamper them and give them blankets and I had no idea what in the world was going to happen. Of course each lady coming had a gift of pampering to bring – one had a ton of face masks – one had nail polish – one had a paraphin wax set up for hands and feet – one had a head massager. So I made tons of food, monogrammed blankets, got a friend to donate a ton of shower products from his work, made gift bags and then poured my heart on a letter to each one of them and we were all in my mini van (with all the car seats out – so wierd feeling) and we were on for a life changing day. We got there and set up. Food was everywhere and these 9 timid ladies got really comfortable really fast! We laughed and they had a lot of firsts. One had never done the wax. One had never had a head massage, one never a manicure, one couldn’t paint her toes, and one couldn’t stop laughing at the facemasks!! I looked around several times and there was one of the ladies with one of my God crazy willing friends and there were tears. What was being spoken was being received. There was love flowing out both ways and all I saw was Jeaus at work. I will never forget that day that we decided to go and let God use us however He wanted. He told me that their names on the blankets were to remind them that He knows their names and they are written on the palm of His hand. They are His beloved children and He was seeking them. I never want to close my ears to His crazy plans because I would be missing out.

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    1. Becca, wow! The details that you share in this story really show how God can show up and show out in such CRAZY ways when we open our hands and hearts and ears!!! I love how it all came together and how you had so many friends here at home to step up and say, “I’m in!!” What a powerful way that God can use ordinary people to pour His love exactly where it is needed most!!

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