I just finished reading the book, Love Does, by Bob Goff. It is a Christian book and the basic premise is that love is an action. We show love to God and others through our actions.
Each short chapter tells a story about Bob’s often crazy and adventurous life, which he then relates to a belief or message he wants to share.
The book is really good and an easy read. He shows through his stories how he has chosen to live a fully engaged life. It was inspiring, but also kind of made me feel like I could never do some of the things he does. I’m never going to be someone who just picks up and flies across the world on a whim. It does sound cool, though. And I’ll just have to figure out what my fully engaged life looks like.
How can I be fully present in my life? How can I be fully present in my relationships? These seem like big challenges to me, because they require courage. It takes courage to be fully engaged.
“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.” ~Bob Goff
To me, saying yes is often scary. It involves risk. It involves faith. I do not view myself as a courageous risk-taker. It is something I will probably continue working on for the rest of my life. Taking risks, however, seems to come easily to Bob. He does it all the time.
One word that Goff uses a lot throughout the book is whimsy. He is always talking about living a life of whimsy. I do like the idea of leading a whimsical life. He calls it a “renewable, infinite resource that multiplies.”
This book is not just Goff’s beliefs about how we should live our lives. It is his beliefs about how Jesus wants us to live our lives. It is about putting faith into action on a daily basis.
“I think Jesus had in mind that we would not just be ‘believers’ but ‘participants’.” ~Bob Goff
He suggests our faith should be more than just ideas. It should matter to us. It should engage us. It should move us to change the world. It should be a paradigm shift that changes the way we look at every thing and every person and every situation around us.
I highly recommend this book. It’s not a how-to manual. He doesn’t tell us how to fully engage with life, because it will be different for each person. Now only does Bob go on crazy adventures, but he saves tons of kids in Uganda through his work.
But through his example, maybe, just maybe, you will be inspired to think about how to live your life fully engaged and full of whimsy and fun and things that matter. I’m not sure I can put myself out there in the ways that Bob does. He even puts his phone number at the end of the book to say that he is willing to talk to you about anything in it. But maybe, in my own little ways, I can try to evaluate what “love does” looks like for me.