My Letter to Bob Goff.

Hello Bob,

My name is Madison Rodick and I go to the University of Missouri. I read your book Love Does during my senior year of high school and I would have argued then that it changed my life, at least I thought it did. But one book doesn't change your life, with the exception of the bible. More than a year after finishing your book I look back and I can see that while your book didn't change my life, it provided me a very important stepping stone to where I am at right now. 

Sometimes God has a different path for you than you have for yourself and I think that was definitely the case for me. I seemed to take a roundabout path where I experienced many things in order to figure out that what I always thought I wanted in my life, were nothing but temporary. In order to fulfill my deepest, darkest cracks I had to surrender myself and let go of my burdens. Only then did I realize what I really got the most fulfillment out of was my time spent praising and honoring God. What an awesome realization that was, I now wake up each morning and devote my time to God with a devotional and digging into scripture. It is something that I look forward to each and every day and it makes me so happy to look at my life and know I seek my fulfillment from God, because unlike anything else, that fulfillment and love I feel is eternal. There is nothing like God, and most days I am without words because I have trouble even trying to fathom just how great our God is. When I take the time to look around, or even just looking up at the sky when I walk back to my dorm at night, I find myself in awe of the beautiful stars. I think, why me? What have I done to deserve such a powerful love and sacrifice. But then I am reminded that God loves us so much that he gave his one and only son to redeem us and wash us of our sins. God is so great, he believes that we are perfect because he made us in his perfect image and I could not imagine anything more wonderful or joyous than receiving a love such as the one we are granted.

It seems as though everything has been falling into place lately. I think that is one of the things that love does, love allows us to experience greatness. I don't know about you, but when I look at my life I realize just how blessed I really am. I find that all too often I take things, or even people in my life for granted. I do not deserve this life and I wonder why it is that sometimes I find myself being unhappy. I have no reason to be unhappy, and every reason to be so grateful and joyous that all I can do is thank God over and over again for choosing me. He saved me, and he saved you, and I owe everything to him. I want to do something greater, I want to make a difference. I want to show my crazy love for him, and point others in the same direction so they may experience the kind of feelings I have been able to experience. I guess that is really why I am writing to you, I want to make a difference and I admire the way you have been able to do just that. I adore my God, and I can not think of any greater way to express that love and adoration than to shout it from the tops of mountains. Or in my case, publish it for the world to see.

Bob, I admire your work in Uganda and your incredible ability to foster the idea of love does in so many individuals. I hope and pray that God would point me in a similar direction and allow me to serve others and honor his name. Most importantly, I want to let others like me know that they are not alone. In my most juvenile act, I thought that I was alone. I figured no one could possibly be going through the same things as me, but I could not have been more wrong. So many young people my age are going through this same transition into adulthood and trying to find the balance in their lives; between their relationships and their faith and everything else that college and high school-age kids are facing. But that is where I think many of us make the mistake, there isn't supposed to be some sort of magical balance, no, God should be overflowing in every portion and crevice of your life. So much so that you would be spilling your love out for God all around you, so that it may spill over into those around you. That is how I believe you are supposed to love God, you allow him to pour himself into every part of your life. You make Him your life, it's not about following rules or mechanically falling into habits of reading your bible without really reading your bible. You are supposed to be like a sponge, at least that is how I feel, except this sponge has no limit to how much love it can soak up. I feel like then, when you reach the point where I am today, you speak about your love for God and your faith as freely as can be, you are made radiant because of his light, and others can see him when they hear you speak about his great love. I cannot imagine anything greater than that kind of love.

So thank you, Bob. Thank you for writing Love Does and thank you for helping me to use it as a stepping stone to know God better. Without knowing me, you helped make a difference in my life, and I hope that I may be able to do the same for others.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, I look forward to hearing back from you.


Madison Rodick


University of Missouri.

Today as I walked through campus I decided I wanted to write a post that talked about what it’s like here at Mizzou. Whenever I was a senior in high school and I was still struggling with the decision of where I wanted to go to college, all I looked for was a blog or something to show me pictures of what it would be like there. Not just any pictures though, I wanted real life pictures, the ones taken by people who are actually living there and experiencing the college life on that campus.

I wanted to know that when I transitioned to college I would still be able to go to Starbucks or some other coffee shop to satisfy my caffeine obsession and stimulate my writing for blog posts like these. Luckily, I got what I wished for (if only you could see me now as I write to you - I am facing the Journalism School at the downtown Starbucks, just sipping my grande mocha). **Sidenote, I might have gone broke for this Mocha (at the steep price of $4.95), but Grandma Scheperle gave me a gift card for my birthday so all is well with my bank account (for now at least).

As you may have seen yesterday, I showed you some pictures of my dorm room in Autumn. (if you missed it, go check it out!). Today, however, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures from my favorite places around campus, as well as downtown Columbia. Keep in mind that I have only been here for a few months, so I feel like every time I venture out of my little bubble, I seem to come across new treasures around the city(:

My favorite part of campus is over by Memorial Union (white campus - all of the buildings are white from the limestone that they’re made of). Of course, I also love the Columns (on the quad/red campus – mostly red brick buildings), which is the signature University of Missouri symbol (if you ask me). I also love Ellis Library, inside it is all old and cool and there are soo many books. You could probably stay in there for days, there’s even a coffee shop(!).

Off campus, I really enjoy going to Starbucks (there’s one in Memorial Union, but there’s also one in Downtown, across from the J-School). My other favorites include Chipotle (duh), Kaldi’s Coffee, Lakota Coffee, and Sparky’s (freakin’ awesome ice cream – I always get Cake Batter #omg). All of these places are downtown and within a few minutes walk from my dorm. There’s even some super cool thrift stores/shops and a bookstore downtown.

Below I have featured pictures from campus that I have taken (both new and old) and even a picture of some of my roommates and I back from when we made a visit to campus while we were still in high school (we look so young…). Oh yeah, and I can't forget Shakespeare's and Pizza Tree (they satisfy all of your college pizza cravings).

Hope you enjoy.

Until next time,

Madison Rodick

p.s. Mizzou-Rah!



Here’s to a break from writing about New York. I love writing about New York City, of course, but there is so much that I feel like you need to be caught up on. Today is October 28, 2015, and I am nineteen years old (my birthday was on the 17th). Wow, how did that happen? It seems so crazy that I am in college. There is so much to consider for my future. It’s both scary and exciting, the overwhelming unknowns in my future seem to occupy my mind more often than I would like to admit.

I may not be writing about New York this time, but it’s safe to say that I think about living in the city almost every day. Yesterday was one of those rainy, autumn days, lucky for me I was able to dig out my Hunter rain boots. I walked to class and listened to Florence and the Machine on Pandora. Stepping in puddles and silently jamming out to the mellow melodies of “Falling” seemed to be exactly what I needed on such a gloomy day.

Now I sit writing to you from my bed (I have Poli Sci in less than an hour…), and I feel like I am just reflecting on the last couple of weeks and pondering the weeks until I get to go home for Thanksgiving break (my absolute favorite holiday). Yesterday as I walked through campus I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful fall leaves, obviously I decided to take some cool fall pics(: The red leaves across campus were gorgeous, and crunching through the leaves with my Hunters on brought out the little kid in me, it’s much too hard to resist stomping on leaves and walking through puddles (sorry mom). All I want to do is sit in my room and read a book or snuggle up in my cozy blanket and watch Netflix all day (class not included). My classes aren’t terrible, but I think I just wish I could start taking classes that pertain more to what I want to do in my future. I feel like I could sit here and write all day long if my schedule would allow it. There’s always something to do and somewhere to be… I think sometimes it’s just good to take a break. I wish I could feel like I was actually doing something that mattered. Maybe I will take my free time and start writing a book, I’ve always wanted to write a book(: I know that sounds somewhat juvenile, but I feel like I could be a great writer, I suppose only time will tell.

Right now, what I need more than anything is inspiration. With inspiration comes motivation, and I definitely need some of that… I just want to travel, I’m so eager to get out and experience the world and new cultures. I want to meet new people. I want to hear their stories.

Well, I suppose that’s enough dreaming for today(: Who knows, maybe my dreams will become a reality sooner than I think. I sure hope so.

Until next time,

Madison Rodick

p.s. enjoy the pictures of fall, my Hunter rain boots, and my cozy little room(:


The New York Series. Day Five.

The New York Series. Day Five. June 24th, 2015.

My fifth day in the city was entirely a day of relaxation. We had walked almost 50 or 60 miles across the city in the last few days, and we were all very exhausted. We chose to spend that Wednesday each doing our own thing. Lexy and I decided to spend almost the whole day in Central Park. We found a spot in Sheep's Meadow, and stayed there for hours. I decided to spend my time listening to music, reading Eat, Pray, Love and writing in my journal. It was amazing, a little vacation from our vacation(: My dad, of course, spent his time at the Historical Society looking for people we were related to, and my mom was out shopping somewhere.

Earlier that day, Lexy and I had decided to go to breakfast at Alice's Tea Cup. We sat there and pretended to be real New Yorkers while we sipped our tea and ate our (absolutely wonderful) scones. You should really check it out sometime, you won't be disappointed. My parents had gone there the day before and my dad bought my little sister some "fairy dust" which according to the gentlemen working at the register, was made by real fairies in the basement.

For lunch we stopped by the Shake Shack, it was pretty darn delicious. Also, it was nice to have a big juicy burger, after trying to eat new things the whole week. Later on, Lexy and I went back to our hotel and changed into cute outfits (for the pictures). That night we all met back up and went to meet one of my parent's friends for some good ole pizza (Lombardi's), and italian ice, it doesn't get much better than that.

We even made the impulsive decision to go to the top of the Empire State Building (I'm sure you're questioning my use of the word impulsive, but I promise we really weren't already planning to go see that iconic NYC spot). Well, let's just say I am soo glad that we decided to go to the Empire State Building because the views (and pictures) I got from up there were probably my favorite pictures from the whole trip. That night in the city felt like it came straight out of a movie, we walked through Greenwich Village, went to the top of the Empire State Building at midnight, and on our way home we passed through the city just looking up and admiring all of the glistening lights above us.

In case you were wondering, the rumor is true. New York City truly is the city that never sleeps.

Until next time,

Madison Rodick