Though Paul and Carol had just settled into their hotel and took a breath, shaking the rain out of their hair and clothes. It had been a long drive to the city through rain, sleet, and snow. Paul felt like a modern-day Pony Express rider. He was ready to kick-back and see what was on TV.

But Carol waved a computer print-out in front of Paul, “We can make it to the shoe store and go out for dinner at the same time! They have a pair like none of the others I have.”

He looked at Carol with love in his eyes. Anyone who already has seventy-five pairs of shoes doesn’t need another. But he wasn’t going to say it. “Okay,” he smiled, “because I love you.”

As a country resident of wide open spaces, senior Paul was not used to driving in the city. One right turn later, he realized they were in rush hour traffic on a one-way street! The GPS told him to turn left. Impossible. Right. Sure death. U-Turn. Not allowed. After twenty-six  “recalculating” warnings,  a tour of the city and residential neighborhoods sparkling with Christmas lights as well as an overview of the street layout, Paul reminded himself he was doing this for Carol. The after-work traffic had thinned out and the GPS directed him to a building so high it blocked the moon and stars. “Arriving at address…” the robotic voice volunteered.

“Huh?” Paul gaped at the skyscraper.

Fifteen floors up, Carol and Paul made it to the shoe store before it closed and Carol found her new pair of shoes.  Carol smiled at her husband, “Thank you, Paul. You’ve shown me again what love looks like!”

The lasting look of love is not in passionate kisses or words. It is actions involving the heart, mind, and body. Paul had demonstrated this taking on traffic in an unfamiliar city for the love of his life. Action says it all.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” [1 John 3:18]

John continues within this New Testament book, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for ou sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” [1 John 4:7-12]

Though frustration, traffic, and daily life, let your love shine on others. For God’s love fills you to overflowing. Sometimes that may include another pair of shoes! His love in action continues each day of your life! God loves you!


[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from and her speaking engagements. [Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]






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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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