February 18, 2018

Here Goes Nothing

One day while chasing Bubba up and down the aisles of the library a book called out to me. It said, "Pick me up, take me home and read me." Okay, maybe it didn't really talk to me, but it felt as though this book were calling out to me. Naturally I picked up the book, read the back of it and I decided to take it home and read it.

The premise of the book is there is a girl, her husband and a baby about Bubba's age. They have been living in Guatemala for the last several years. While in Guatemala they have been involved in some form of humanitarian work. They are getting ready to head back to the United States and they are nervous about adjusting back to the American culture.

The people that this young family has been working with give them a profound piece of advice. They remind them that the first great commandment is to love God and the second great commandment is to love your neighbor. They advise them to go home and learn to love their neighbors.

While it might seem like silly advice it had a profound impact on Kendra (the mommy in this story). Kendra is an introvert by nature and does not enjoy interacting with others. Upon returning home she decides to take the advice to heart. Each day for thirty days she finds some small way to step outside of herself and serve her neighbors. She includes some scripture (note: NIV version of the Bible) and a challenge to the reader to step outside of themselves and serve their neighbors.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. While the scriptures passages were worded in a way that is different from what I am used to (I use the King James Version of the Bible) the overall messages were wonderful. I found myself examining my own life and looking for ways to serve and lift those around me. If you have been feeling down lately, I highly recommend this book.