And the second [commandment] is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39
One of the better books that I’ve read by Bob Goff is titled “Love Does”. It is a series of anecdotes of how to love one another in real life. He traces his daily life with sometimes hilarious examples of how love is played out.
My wife and I just spent about 30 hours in a car driving to St. Louis and back in 3.5 days. It was not a planned trip, for sure. Our friend, Kathy Virtue, had an important meeting to attend in St. Louis and was all set to go, until….
Well, until she fell and shattered her knee cap and broke her leg just below the knee. We signed up for bringing her a meal and took it over. That’s when we found out she was desperate to get to an important meeting in St. Louis.
She had chartered a private plane because flying commercial would be difficult with a knee replacement and a broken tibia.
I told her to check with her doctor about flying. After surgery, there is an increased risk of blood clots when you are at altitude in a plane. Her doctor agreed with me, so she canceled the flight.
Sis (my wife) woke up in the middle of the next night and texted Kathy to say that she felt led to help Kathy drive to St. Louis. I was next to join the fray. I enjoy driving and the logistics of planning hotels and restaurants on a long road trip.
Sis makes a great nurse – she kept track of how long ice was to be on her leg, when to take the next pain pill, etc. We were a good team, along with James, Kathy’s adopted son, who did the lion’s share of driving.
We had to make a stop every couple of hours so Kathy could get out of the car and walk around. While in the car, she sat in the back with a contraption that kept her knee moving which is required rehab for any knee replacement.
As Sis said – we had nothing else to do since I am retired. So, off we went. Three hotels, seven states and about 1,750 miles in three days. We ate barbecue in Nashville, Tennessee and Saint Louis, Missouri along the way.
We laughed, told stories and basically made the trip as fun as possible. We also developed a deep friendship that could only be possible through an experience like this.
On the journey, I was thinking about what to write this week. The reactions of friends to our adventure were interesting. No one could believe that we would do this for someone else.
Frankly, we didn’t think about that. We saw someone who needed help and we were in a position to provide help. Period. Sure, it could be viewed as a selfless act, but that’s not why we did it. We did it because we could do something for Another.
Our trip was exactly what Bob Goff talks about in his book. It is an example of being God’s hands and feet by doing something very simple: helping someone who needed our help.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: It is often not what you say but what you do that is important for your mentee to see. They can see beyond words by your actions.
FURTHER READING: Love Does: Discovering a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World and Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People, both by Bob Goff.
WORSHIP: Listen to I Am Yours by Michael Neal.
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