Sometimes I love Facebook. I love connecting with my community, family and people from my past. It has been a great tool for me to connect needs and also help others. I love following people’s stories and seeing the good stories. Not everything on Facebook is good I know, but I must be following the right people because I always find encourgement and hope in my feed.
I have been following the story of a girl I went o high school with. I have watched her battle cancer, foster children, have a baby and loose her sister. I have prayed for her and cheered her on from afar. I am encouraged by her strength and love for her family. She may not know it, but she inspires me.
She is currently trying to get custody of her sister who passed away’s kids. I pray daily for her and her family to be united. I can’t imagine what she is going through, but even through her pain I see love. When I read her posts I keep being brought back to the book Love Does by Bob Goff. In it he says
That’s what love does – it pursues blindly, unflinchingly, and without end. When you go after something you love, you’ll do anything it takes to get it, even if it costs everything.
Renee loves fiercely. She loves her kids and her family. In reading her posts lately she had seemed discouraged. So for my act of kindness the other day I sent her a message and told her I was sending her one of my favorite books, Love Does. But I dropped the ball again and didn’t get around to ordering it until today. With it I added Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson because I can’t stop giving that book away. I sent her a message and let her know how much she inspires me and that I am praying for her. For Bob Goff said it best when he says in Love Does:
Words can launch us. We don’t need to be a dean to say words that change everything for someone. Instead, God made it so that ordinary people like you and me can launch each other.
So although Facebook can be full of bad, I choose to see the good. To lift people up, to connect with people, to be inspired, to love and give. I encourage you to do the same.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Bob and it expresses my feelings exactly :
I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.
Follow the link for more info on Love Does and Bob Goff http://lovedoes.org