amy parker

best-selling author for children at heart

  Love the world.

  John 3:16 is probably the first Bible verse I committed to

  memory, King James style, of course. “For God so loved the

  world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever

  believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

  Back then, I had no clue what it meant. Honestly, even now

  that I’m all grown up—a Christian author, spending time

  daily with God—I still don’t.

  To love someone—more accurately, everyone—so much that you

  would trade your only child to give them life? Who loves like that? Only One that I know of. And He’s

  asked us to do the same. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must       love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John               13:34-35 NIV).

  So, I’ve made it my goal. My motto. Regardless of where my career takes me, this mission remains

  the same.

  Love the world.

  And I hope you’ll consider it too. Love the ugly. Love the beautiful. The got-it-all-togethers. The

  broken. Love the poor, the rich, the obnoxious, the voiceless. Love those who hate you. Love those

  who love you. Love them all. Because He told you to. 

 love the world. . . .