An Invitation to Whimsy, Adventure, and “Love Does:” Breaking Into A Secretly Incredible Life

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Bob Goff isn’t the kind of person you’d want to sit down with over a cup of coffee. He’s a guy you’d want to go on crazy adventures with. Plus, he probably doesn’t spend a lot of time sitting down unless it’s on a plane, because he’s always going somewhere.

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I first came across his name while reading about Don Miller learning how to live a better story. Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is a complementary pairing with Bob Goff’s book, entitled “Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World.”

Bob’s words may not have been something entirely original or deeply profound, but his simplicity and authenticity definitely drew my focus again to the truth that real love is put in action. God’s created a whole, wide world for us to explore and make sense of, so why would we neglect an invitation to such an adventure?

[If you want to catch some of the main ideas in video fashion, watch Bob Goff here.]

Favorite Quotes from “Love Does”

You should really buy it right now and read the whole thing, but here are a few of the best excerpts from the book:

Accepting the Invitation to an Incredible Adventure

“I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. I t doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down and invitation to fully live. “

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You become like the people you hang around, and to a great degree, you end up going wherever they’re headed. When there is someone else behind the steering wheel, it needs to be someone you’d trust with your life, because you’ve given a great deal of control over your life to them.”

Knowing God’s Plan

“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 part of God’s much bigger plan for the whole world. Just like God’s Son arrived here, so did you. And after Jesus arrived, God whispered to all of humanity… “It’s your move.” Heaven’s been leaning over the rails in the same way ever since you got here, waiting to see what you’ll do with your life.”

Living With Purpose

Tell me about the God you love; tell me about what He has inspired uniquely in you; tell me about what you’re going to do about it, and a plan for your life will be pretty easy to figure out from there.

“You know those things that have pinged you? Those gifts that are beautiful? Those countries and people who are most important to you? The God you love? Keep moving toward those.”

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What sort of whimsical, adventurous life do you need to go out and live?

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