Do you keep a list of books you intend to read? I do and it’s so long I know I won’t be able to make the time to read them all. Regardless, I keep adding to it knowing the right time and the right inspiration will come along to check a few off of the list.
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Recently, there was one on my list that kept popping up from the page when I would go to jot down yet another title on the next line.
Love Does by Bob Goff. It was calling out to me. A few of my friends had read and recommended it and then, one day while browsing through the library, I spotted it. I wasn’t intentionally looking for it that particular day but the bright blue cover caught my eye and I knew it was time for it to come home with me.
Once I got it home, it sat on the shelf for a few days. Weeks, actually. I had to renew the book multiple times to avoid overdue fees.
That happens sometimes…there’s a lull of time before reading or doing something I know will make a big impact in my life. Some lulls last longer than others. I suppose it depends on the forthcoming experience but regardless, I knew this book was going to be good so I was intuitively waiting for just the right time to begin.
While the book was waiting patiently on my shelf, I came across Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness podcast (episode #622 to be exact) with none other than Bob Goff as the special guest. Goff’s voice and message were captivating. After hearing his authentic joy and passion, I knew it was time to pick up the book and absorb his written words as well.
Once I dove into the first chapter, I couldn’t stop. Love Does is filled with comical and adventurous short stories from Goff’s life that truly epitomize love. And how love isn’t just mailing someone a mass-produced Hallmark card or sending a dozen long-stem roses. While there is much to be appreciated in those wonderful gestures, this book takes the expression of love to a new level.
It reminds us that LOVE DOES.
Love is action. Going the extra mile to be there for a friend or family member in need. Spontaneously carving out time in your day to support someone when you know they could use a friend. Being intentional about recognizing and honoring another person. Being persistent in pursuing your dreams because loving yourself is just as important in loving and supporting those around you. Taking the extra time to ask someone how they’re doing – how they’re really doing.
Just as Jesus’ actions, not just His words, represent His love for each one of us.
A powerful book not only offers new learning and insights, but ignites the wisdom that is already within us. Sometimes we just need to hear or read things in a new way for them to resonate with us in the midst of current circumstances or in our current stage of life.
Love Does does all of that.
The next time I’m feeling led back to Love Does, back to Goff’s stories and wisdom, I plan to purchase the book for my own personal library along with his new book, Everybody Always. And you know what’s even better…there’s Love Does for Kids. They’re the type of books worth investing in.
So here they are…thoughts straight out of my journal as I was immersed in Love Does by Bog Goff.
24 REMINDERS FROM LOVE DOES
Loves Does reminds us that…
#1 God has a plan, even if we don’t have the blueprint laid out in front of us.
#2 Our words are incredibly powerful. Use positive words without hesitation and spread them like wild fire.
#3 God is making an effort to get our attention. Listen to His message and go blindly where we are being led.
#4 We are all broken in some way but God want us to “participate” in life and help others by using our brokenness.
#5 We are worthy and capable of the opportunities we are given if we choose to lean into those opportunities.
#6 Material items are just that…materials. They don’t define us. They don’t determine our worth. They don’t bring true joy to our lives. The definition of ourselves, our self worth and our joy all come from within.
#7 We must live authentically. Rather than saying “no” because we “don’t have time,” say “no” because it’s not of interest or priority. Rather than having surface conversations, dig deep and be vulnerable and authentic with the one across the table.
#8 Sometimes guidance by those we trust doesn’t need an explanation. Much like His plan for each of us – He doesn’t need to explain. We get to find the purpose for ourselves.
#9 Regardless of our mistakes, God loves us unconditionally. He will help us heal and learn.
#10 We determine our own worth and we have the power to instill worth in others. Lets make sure we all feel worthy.
#11 We get to choose who we surround ourselves with. What kind of influence do they have? What are their values? Where are they headed? Is that the influence, value and direction we want for our life?
#12 Forgiveness is one of the greatest gestures we can share, just as He forgives us each day.
#13 Something (or someone) that is imperfect, damaged or faulty can bring just as much value and learning into our life than that of something we perceive to be perfect.
#14 We must embrace and encourage experiences with our children just as He does with us.
#15 God speaks to us in different ways – a success, a failure, through a friend, through a stranger, from an experience. It’s not a matter of “hearing” what God is telling us. It’s a matter of being open to “listening” to what He is telling us.
#16 There is perfection in life’s imperfect moments.
#17 Whatever direction we choose to go in life, we have the resources and strength to get there.
#18 We do not need public credit or to shout it from the rooftop every time we do something great.
#19 We should celebrate our failures just as much as our successes.
#20 We should dig deeper to look beyond our everyday bubble for ways we can share our gifts and help others.
#21 We tell a story with our lives. Don’t just imagine the memories we hope to create someday – get out and create those memories.
#22 We need to stand up and take action for what we believe in.
#23 We must exceed the efforts of reading, researching and learning and focus on the “doing.” Doing is engaging in experiences. Doing is how you live this life. Doing is how you make an impact.
#24 We should not allow traditions, history or the-way-its-always-been-done to limit our ideas to achieve wonderful things. Sometimes the most wonderful success stories come from a place of no guidelines or limits, just the pure desire to do more and love more.
Have you read Love Does? What have you been reading lately?
Much love, friends!