Love Does

help_2027164_350My book club recently read the book Love Does by Bob Goff. Recognizing that the focus on love is typically what it is, this book centers itself instead around what love does. While we often shy away from such a focus, hesitant to concentrate more on actions than thoughts, there is something encouraging to me about looking at love from an active perspective—while we cannot always control our thoughts or focus our emotions, we can often take action. In his book, Goff heralds Love as the doer of all sorts of good deeds—from an extravagant marriage proposal to a children’s international diplomacy tour. While love is a beautiful thought and a pleasant emotion, love, at its essence, takes action. In other words, whereas sympathy feels and gratitude thinks, Love does.

Nowhere was this brought home to me more than during my family’s recent cross-country move from Mississippi to Michigan. We were humbled and blessed by a number of people who showed up for us and proved that love, indeed, does. And in the tradition of those Biblical honor rolls of faith, and in a mini-version of the book’s stories of love’s actions, here is my collection of proof that Love does:

Love. . .

• shows up at your house with moving tape and boxes, and stays until almost midnight filling them.
• comes back the next morning with cleaning supplies and a smile, ringing the doorbell before everyone is even awake.
• holds your children while you all cry, reminding them (and you!) that we will see each other again.
• offers you a last-minute seat at their dinner table, and a bed to sleep on while yours is in a moving van.
• drives across three states just to help you pack and clean, then drives you across 5 more.
• opens its doors (and kitchen, and bedroom) to you and your family until you find a place to call home.
• talks to you as often as you call, if for no other reason than to report on the weather.
• welcomes your children with open arms, reminding them we were all once new.
• plans a visit to your new house, encouraging you that it will soon feel like home.

If you need the reminder, as I did, know that love, in all its beautiful thoughts and glorious feeling, is often most felt when it is taking action. Love is an active force—trying, forgiving, trying again, and triumphing, in all its well-deserved glory. And for those who experience it deeply as an action, love is the greatest blessing.

Photo Credit: Donyale Leslie

Photo Credit: Donyale Leslie

Kimberly McClung DeVries was raised in a minister’s family, first overseas as missionaries and then in Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia to receive a degree in telecommunications, worked briefly in that field, and then went to law school instead, also in Athens. She has worked as a public defender and for a legal aid agency, and now resides in Mississippi with her husband and two boys. Kimberly is trying to grow by pushing herself out of her comfort zone. To that end, she has a toddler and a baby, both boys, works full time as a lawyer, and is also helping her husband survive his PhD.

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Comments

  1. Very good thoughts. People acted as Jesus would have done in His day. This is showing the face of Jesus in everyday life. You are special and they knew it and wanted to help you. Love you, Thanks for sharing

  2. Don McClung says:

    You expressed great truths. I may have my sermon for Sunday! Thanks! By the way, a wonderful biblical example of what you expressed is found in the story of the good Samaritan. You will recall the story was told to answer the question “but who is my neighbor?” Of course, it was the good Samaritan who proved to be the true neighbor. He proved he loved his neighbor through his actions. The Samaritan’s love is described with no less than a dozen verbs! Love was what he did for the man in need. Kimberly, you write a wonderful blog!