Posted: Saturday, October 28
Verse of the day:
Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. (Titus 3:14 NLT)
Bob was seventeen when he decided to make a run for freedom. Dropped out of high school. Moved to Yosemite. Lived, worked, and hiked in the mountains. On the morning of his capricious departure, Bob dropped by a youth leader’s home to announce his unplanned plan. He had $75 and a VW Bug. Bob Goff retells the story of Randy-the-youth-leader in his New York Times Bestseller “Love Does.”
“He was groggy and bed headed—I had obviously woken him. I gave him the rundown on what I was doing. All the while Randy stood patiently in the doorway trying his best to suppress a puzzled expression. ‘You’re leaving soon?’ he asked when I was finished. ‘Yeah, right now, actually.’”
Randy asked Bob to wait at the door.
“Randy disappeared for a few minutes into the house while I stood awkwardly on his porch with my hands in my pockets. When he came back to the door, he had a tattered backpack hanging over his shoulder by one frayed strap and a sleeping bag under his other arm. He was focused and direct. All he said was this: ‘Bob, I’m with you.’”
Randy traveled with Bob to Yosemite. Randy stood close by as Bob explored employment, looked for housing, and one day later, returned home to finish high school. In his book, Bob reflects on what this act of kindness meant to him.
“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.”