If you don’t know who Bob Goff is, I highly recommend you find out really soon. But here’s a little background about him to start: he’s a “recovering lawyer” who has been practicing law for twenty five years, he’s also the Consul to Uganda, but he’s most commonly known as the author of Love Does, a book that shows average people how to discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear him talk at my school about love, and man, did he radiate love and joy and all those other feel-good emotions!
His talk was a little scatterbrained but I think that’s why he’s so relatable. I don’t know about you, but I always have a million different thoughts floating through my mind, keeping me distracted from what I’m really supposed to be doing. But here are a few of the main points I took away:
Be available and vulnerable.
Simply put, Bob is a strange human. He came onto stage laughing hysterically and didn’t stop the entire time. “Comfortable people don’t need Jesus,” he stated. I urge you, friends, to get out of your comfort zone and to be vulnerable. Bob laughed at himself (something I find hard to do) with grace while recounting some awkward events of his life, such as having the audacity to put his cell phone number in the back of his book. There’s a huge power in just being present, being available, to those around you. No one should ever be lonely when there’s over six billion of us! What would happen if you took a few extra moments of your day for the people in your life? What if you made some spontaneous plans to add adventure to their life and yours? Try it and see what happens!
Change up your life.
During his talk, Bob challenged us to think about something that we’ve always wanted to accomplish, but never got around to. A few months ago, he decided to try something new. Every Thursday, he has decided to quit something. He was fed up with the busyness and chaos of being pulled and stretched in so many directions. He joked, “Break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend next Thursday. When they ask why, simply tell them ‘It’s Thursday!’” All joking aside, one Thursday he decided to quit his law firm, a life-long dream of his, in order to build a new house for him and his wife, Maria. To him, it’s more important to be fully invested in a few things, rather than half-heartedly split between many. So today, take a risk and make your life even more awesome!
Love everybody, ALWAYS.
“Love them like a linebacker,” chuckled Bob. Others can see who you are by how you love. And tackling people with a love so real and so genuine is one of the best ways to show it. Engulfing them in a big bear hug or through supportive words like a gigantic ocean wave are some examples how to show this love like a linebacker. Loving each other is easy when things are going exactly how you want them to, however, God calls us to love each other through the tough stuff. Take the next step and be like Jesus, friends.
Concluding his talk, he told us that he was reading a Cosmopolitan magazine a few weeks ago (he asked for a judge-free zone before telling us this) and came across an article titled “How You’ll Know Someone’s Into You…” He thought for a couple days and came to the conclusion that the title should’ve been something more like “How You’ll Know God’s Into You…” This is the foundation of his entire life. Once you put God at the center, everything else will fall into place. Bob has inspired millions (including myself and hopefully, now you too!) to dream big and make life even more awesome and beautiful than it already is. He shows us how to develop a desire to help others unlock their potential to love and be loved by those around us, as well as by a God who has a love so much greater than we can even fathom.
Jenna // @jennavanderlaan