Friday, April 12, 2013

Love Does

"Love Does" by Bob Goff

I was given this book by a friend. It is such an easy read, each chapter a little book in of itself. It is a book that makes you want to go and conquer the world, change it for the better. Bob is just an ordinary man, although extraordinary in so many ways. He is full of adventure and he believes that love is an action, it does. If he wants something he goes for it, doesn't take no for an answer and doesn't always need a plan. This is what the book is about, enjoying this life for all that it has to offer. "That's because love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn't just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does." What would this world be like if all of us believed and lived this out? Instead of thinking of doing something for someone we actually do it. I know I've thought many times, I should do this or that but don't. It could revolutionize this world if we could just do a little more. "I learned that faith isn't about knowing all of the right stuff or obeying a list of rules. It's something more, something more costly because it involves being present and making a sacrifice." Love is hard and it is costly but the rewards are great. " But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence." "Things that go wrong can shape us or scar us." It's really our choice. And I think that it's even ok if they do scar us but what will we do with that scar? Will we choose to show that scar or hide it? Use it for good or let it define us? "But I've always wondered if, when we want to do something that we know is right and good, God places that desire deep in our hearts because He wants it for us and it honors Him." "That's what love does-it pursues blindly, unflinchingly, and without end. When you go after something you love, you'll do anything it takes to get it, even if it costs everything." And that is exactly what God does for us. It cost Him everything, His very life. "You know what it is about someone that makes them a friend? A friend doesn't just say things; a friend does." That might just be my favorite sentence of all time. "I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven't really been invited." He has invited us all. I am constantly having to remind myself to show up, I'm good enough, He invited me, I don't have to bring a thing, just show up. "He hopes we'll start to see ourselves as His beloved rather than think of all of the reasons that we aren't." Why is it so easy to think of all the reasons we can't be loved than just rest in the fact that we ARE loved? "But know this: when Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way." Are we willing to go on that adventure that He has just for us? "God wants us to get some skin in the game and to help make a tangible difference." "Instead, he leaked what he loved. He was leaking Jesus. And pretty soon the puddle he made swallowed us all by the lake it formed." I want to leak Jesus so much that others can't help but step in the puddle I'm making. The book challenged me to make love more of an action word. Love Does.

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