(In light of the fact that many of you reading this blog will be reading, processing, and living in response the book Love Does by Bob Goff, our One21 team thought it beneficial to blog the next few weeks on our own Love Does stories. For a copy of the book contact us at iamone21.com)
“I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.”
“Come and Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
I was in second grade. The most exhilarating times of my life were created on a baseball diamond, football field, or a swing on the playground of Straub Elementary pretending to be Maverick while my friend Jeff (Goose) helped me down the MIG fighters from Top Gun. Everything changed for me, though, when my youth pastor, Dave, invited me to hang out in Cincinnati with him for the weekend. He was in Bible College, commuting to my little Kentucky town every weekend for a part-time youth ministry job. I had no idea what hanging out with a college sophomore in the dorm could do for my life. It was the best weekend. I’m sure I was way to young, too childish, and too awkward to be hanging out with a brotherhood of future pastors. Yet he invited me anyway and it changed my life. From that moment on I knew where I was going to college, what my profession would be, and what kind of man I would strive to be. It started with an invitation to be present, without the demand to be perfect. We can try to fix people, or we can invite them to be present with us. Being with us gets those we love closer to Jesus, and he does the fixing of that which is broken.