Love Does by Bob Goff

Love Does by Bob Goff was a funny, easy read.  Not the most profound book ever and I do disagree with him on a couple minor points, but in the end, he’s definitely written a book with a great statement- DO love, not just talk about it.  You know what he did that was really cool?  He put his phone number in the back of the book and said to call him anytime!  And since I bought the book through his website, he had my information, so he emailed me!  He emailed me once after ordering and then came back a few weeks later to ask me how I liked the book!  He DOES stuff!  Here’s some of my favorite quotes from the book:

The greatest lie of all time can be bound up in two words:  someone else.

Love doesn’t keep planning… love does.

Love involves being present and making a sacrifice.

Jesus spent time with the kinds of people most of us spend our lives avoiding.

Be engaged and be involved.

Words can launch us.  We don’t need to be a dean to say words that can change everything for someone.   (Say things to people that will make a meaningful difference in their lives, launch people!)

Broken people, like broken things, get used more probably because God has more pieces to work with.

We were all meant to save many lives.  God is always trying to save lives, and it seems like He usually uses the least likely people to do it.  So the next time God asks you to do something that is completely inexplicable, that requires courage that’s way over your pay grade, something that might even save lives, say yes

When God asks you to give up everything you own and follow Him, you’d be “trading up,” so don’t say no.  It’s not really a sacrifice at all, you’re getting the chance to play “Bigger and Better,” to trade up for something greater.

Jesus was always talking about a reverse economy.  He talked about how if you want to receive, you give.  If you want to lead, you follow.  That the poor are rich and you only really live for certain things if you are willing to die to them. 

For those who resonate with formulas, here it is:  add your whole life, your loves, your passions, and your interests together with what God said He wants us to be about, and that’s your answer.  If you want to know the answer to the bigger question- what’s God’s plan for the whole world?- buckle up:  it’s us.  We’re God’s plan and we always have been.  We aren’t just supposed to be observers, listeners, or have a bunch of opinions.  We get to be God’s plan for the whole world by pointing people toward Him.

Being secretly incredible goes against the trend that says to do anything incredible you have to buy furniture and a laptop.  Secretly incredible people just do things.  The truth is, the task would probably be even nobler if we didn’t talk about it and just did it instead.  Be one of those secretly incredible guys who doesn’t measure his value by what he has but by what he’d be willing to give up.

I want to pick a fight because I want someone else’s suffering to matter more to me.  I want to slug it out where I can make a meaningful difference.  God wants us to battle injustice, to look out for orphans and widows, to give sacrificially.  Get skin in the game and make a real difference, don’t be a sideline observer.

You weren’t just an incredible idea that God never got around to making.  The next step happened for the world when God dropped you on the planet.  You’re here and I’m here.  God decided to have us intersect history, not at just any time, but at this time.  He made us to be good at a few things and bad at a couple others.  He made us to love some things and not like others.  We’re not just a cosmic biology experiment that ended up working.  We’re part of God’s much bigger plan for the whole world.

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