So, I was on my way to Walmart yesterday to get dog food.
And I was going over my memory verses.
I’m working on 1 John 3:16-17 right now.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a man standing there with a sign —
NEED HELP, TRYING TO GET HOME.
I went into Walmart, picked up the dog food, and then, while standing in line at the checkout, over the loudspeaker in the store I heard, “Dinah! Is the love of God in you?”
Well, maybe it was whispered in my heart. Loud.
I paid $17.99 for the dog food and put it in the car.
I stopped at KFC to pick up a gift card, but by the time I drove out, he was gone.
I don’t know. Maybe it was a scam. Maybe the guy was making a good living standing on the corner. Maybe he would have traded the free chicken dinner for a bottle of Scotch. Maybe.
But I do know there are lots of times I need help.
And I’m just trying to get home, too.
And the only way I know if the love of God is really in me…
the only way I know if all those scripture memory verses I can spout off have made it from my head to my heart…
is if I lay down a little bit of my time, my money, my life.
This is how we know what love is.