My kids are much better about choosing action over good intentions!
They know there is a small window of time between the school bus dropping off neighbor-friends after school and evening activities each separate family has every night of the week but that doesn't stop them.
They understand that quality, meaningful, authentic time with their friends is better than the great intention of spending mass quantities of time with them somewhere down the road. The "it looks like it's about to rain", "I'm not sure if they're home", "they might not want to", "there's only __ amount of time" excuses just don't cut it in their God-given love for people.
I'm learning to put aside all my excuses and let them live in the moment, not wait for the perfectly planned playdate, greatly fashioned gift-wrapped treat, or ideal weather. Loving people should be natural. Loving is what we are called to do as we are living not a detailed ministry opportunity we suck all the life our of.
Love is dependability.
Love is bonfire-smoke-induced-tears.
Love is forgetting who's toys belongs to who.
Love is bandaging skinned knees from other homes.
Love is sale Easter candy oozing out of children as they laugh.
Love is hearing hurts from a once-stranger child under hushed shame.
Love is splintered bare-feet from racing flying actions figures in hand.
Love is stale hotdog buns with gobs of compensation ketchup.
Love is street ball with dog-slobber-coated basketballs.
Love is side-walk-chalk-covered-dresses.
Love is a guaranteed hug.
Love is availability.