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“We all get a chance to be awesome if we want to.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (p. 163). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

But Bob gives us the key, “Not surprisingly, the way to do it best is by being secretly incredible.”
To be honest that can be a problem in retirement.It is not one that I am proud of but the problem of doing something when all through your ministry you have been the one up front, the one that people come to, and the one who leads can be difficult.And to have that all stop, that can be an ego problem.But therein lies a greater problem.We get to the point that we think it is us and they are looking to us when in reality we are just the tool.It is God who is doing it.
But He wants to trust us for greater things but our track record doesn’t prove us worthy. I wonder though what God could do through us if we were really willing to do it in secret?
We want instant gratification an…

“People who take huge risks aren’t afraid to fail.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (p. 166). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

He then says, “In fact, they love to fail. It’s because failing means they found the edge.”
Do you see how not being afraid would give you an edge?For some failure is a major part of the process.They are not afraid to fail.As Bob said, “they love to fail.”The focus is not on them but it is on making a difference.
Now another edge for the Christian is the fact that God is good.That in our successes God is good but even in our failures He is especially good.Everything that happens to us must go through His love and His goodness so then why not try.
In my walk time from Starbucks I was thanking God for what He has done in Margaret and my life this past week and a half.It has been a fulfilment of doing what we needed to do after some failure that we had done.The failure had some…

“When God is big enough and loves me enough to say He forgives me, I should actually believe Him.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World(p. 124). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

1 John 1:9 (NIV), says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsand purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Have you really messed up in your life and you finally got to the point that you confessed what you did to God but you are having a real problem believing that He has forgiven you?  That can be a problem for some.
Bob also says, “When I don’t trust God’s forgiveness, it’s kind of like saying I really don’t believe He’s that good.”So I guess it’s not your problem of messing up, we all do that but it is a trust problem.  It is not a self-trust problem.You are having a real problem with forgiving yourself.But do you really trust God?He said that if you do what you are supposed to do, “If we confess”, and then He would do the rest, “forgiv…

“You become like the people you hang around, and to a great degree, you end up going wherever they’re headed.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book,Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (p. 118). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Friends and family have such an impact on us.And it isn’t the blood that we have in common but the attitudes and view of life that makes the difference.
The key friend that I have needed and wanted to become like is Christ.Oh I know that it sounds like one of those right things to say but it is true.Why wouldn’t a person want to be close to the one who created you and sacrificed their life for you?If you have really caught the truth of that then of course you would want to hang around with Him.
The other deep friend that I have is my wife, Margaret.I would die for her just as Christ died for me.She is someone who had a choice in living in my life and she has stayed with me and sacrificed dreams for me.Now I am able to do the same for her.She has made a major difference in ch…

“I used to think knowing God was like going on a business trip with Him, but now I know He’s inviting me on an adventure instead.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (p. 128). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

That is the truth.I love adventure.My life has been an adventure.
I have been in 49 States.Someday I will make it to Alaska for my 50th State.I have lived all over the United States: California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina and Florida.
I love to look at a map and then visualize what it is like.Every Saturday, Margaret and I go on an adventure.We’ve done it almost every Saturday since I have been retired.Wherever we have lived, we have seen more than most people who have lived there all there lives.
I also loved the adventure of being a church planter.The adventure of going out and finding people who would come to a new church. I love the adventure of finding a new Starbucks and meet…

“The words people say to us not only have shelf life but have the ability to shape life.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World(p. 88). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.(Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

For half of my life at home our family traveled all over the US and Canada and held in churches meetings for them from Wednesday through two Sundays.Dad would preach every night and Sunday morning and we as a family would sing.I started singing in front of people when I was five.That’s what I did.I sang.
Well when I was a sophomore we moved to Owosso, Michigan where I went to Owosso High School.And I tried out for the choir.I was a tenor and every choir needed tenors and because of my experience in singing I was chosen for the top choir.We had three different choirs in that school.
Now even though I had been singing for at least 10 years dad thought it would be a good thing if I would take voice lessons.So I started taking lessons from Mr. Gilbert who was the choir director fo…

“We could all stand to make some room and let God suck some terrific stuff into the space we create.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey (Frames) (p. 49). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

We have so much to do.And we have no time to create space for God to fill it with terrific stuff for into our life.
Bob says, “It’s amazing how a little elbow room can give us clarity about our choices and fresh perspective on our priorities. We accumulate activities and obligations like we’re hoarders — because, actually, we are. We have stacks of things we keep doing just because they are familiar to us, not because they are meaningful for us. It’s why so many of us (72%) feel stressed out and many of us admit to being overcommitted at work or even in our relationships.”
Even the good things we do because of a feeling of responsibility and duty rob us of the potential to really live out the life God has for us.
He continues, “So quit something. Try i…

“The people who slowly became typical have the greatest problem wrapping their minds around a dynamic friendship with an invisible, alive God.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey(p. 15). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Do you really realize how unbelievable you are?God says that you and I were wonderfully made.Yes life has a way of bringing people into your life who feel that they are just typical and who will do all they can to bring you down to the level that they feel they are.Oh they somehow try to come across that they are better than you but in themselves they think you are better.That is why they have to pull you down.But the truth is The Enemy is the one who is trying to get at God through us.We just don’t need to accept his lies.
Bob says, “There’s nothing wrong with being typical, I guess, but there is nothing fundamentally right about it either. I’ve never read in Genesis that God created “typical” and called it good. Instead, I think men who were bored made up…

“I think we were made to do many things. As our lives change, as we change, we will also change what we do.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey (Frames) (p. 36). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

This is a good thought to stop and see if it is true for you.
Bob says, “Don’t be surprised if you need to quit a couple of jobs to find the right career — expect it. Some of us have careers that, at one time, served us and our ambitions. But over time those ambitions have changed and we’ve outgrown the career. When a career is no longer helping to shape who you’re becoming, but is instead tying you to who you used to be, there’s a fix. Quit.”
Now does that make you a quitter?No it means you are growing and learning and becoming.
He continues, “I quit things all the time. To be precise, I quit something every Thursday. Each week I pick one thing in my life to send to the scrap heap and, on Thursday, out it goes. Sometimes what I quit is perfectly good s…

“It is the wisest among us who keep choosing to make a career out of raising our families, whether or not we have another job.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey(Frames) (p. 35). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

There are so many thoughts that Bob shares that are so very meaningful.I hope you click on the titles of his two book and buy them.He is so refreshing.
Now this thought touched me at a certain spot in my life.I had gotten to the place that I was away from home all day and a big part of my night.My family wasn’t close to being important to me and I came so close to losing out on their lives.One day I came to the point that I needed to make a change so I quit my staff position at a large church, moved to another town and eventually started delivering pizzas and falling in love again with my family and my God.I had gotten my priorities all out of whack.I eventually got back into fulltime ministry but with my family having a higher priority.We have even mo…

“I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World(p. 1). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Do you want to fix people?Maybe you went into your marriage with an “I can fix them” instead of just loving them attitude.No one want that, they just want to be loved for who they are.What that seems to be is an “I’m better than you” way of looking at people.And that too many times is easy for those of us who are Christians to look at those who aren’t.That is not a good thing.
I love the story that Bob shares here in his book about his being accepted by his Young Life leader rather than giving him advice. And that can really be tough to do.I mean I know how to fix you but it isn’t what I know that makes the difference but it is what I do.This is what love, acceptance and forgiveness is all about.
The New Testament talks a lot about fellowship.And I like what someone said, “Fel…

“How we identify ourselves is the thing we will become.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey(Frames) (p. 38). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

How do you identify yourself?I identified myself for many years as a church planter but one day I retired and in one sense I lost my identity at least I had to change it.
Bob also said, “As time has passed, I’ve come to think of my careers as a part of my legacy, but certainly not all of it. After we’re gone, those closest to us may appreciate the work we did, but they’re more likely to remember how we did it. They will remember us for our love and whimsy. Only strangers will remember us just for our jobs or titles.” And then he says, “I have learned to be very careful how I describe myself, because people do best at what they identify with most.”
This has been a very soul searching thought for me today.It is so easy to see what you do in your career as your identity and to give our life to being very good at …

“Crummy jobs shape us.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2014-01-07) from his book with Barna Group, Multi-Careering: Do Work That Matters at Every Stage of Your Journey(Frames) (Kindle Location 193). Zondervan.

I have had some of those job and they each one built something into me.I was a teenage church custodian of my father’s church.I also took care of the lawn.When I was in college I was a middle school custodian.I have been a painter.In a small down in western Kansas I painted the Post Office, City Hall, the Motel and Restaurant out on the highway and I don’t remember how many houses I painted inside and out. I also was a mason’s tender.That job didn’t end well.But each one of those jobs built something into me.They taught me to have pride in what I did but they also showed me they weren’t what I was going to give my life too. But each one shaped me.
I like how Bob puts it, “We can draw on what we experience over a long, hot summer cleaning a camp kitchen to help us decide what we want for the rest of our lives. W…

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book,Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (p. 25). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

This thought reminds me of the guy who said, “I gave my life to climbing up the ladder of success to find at the end that it was leaning against the wrong wall.”
So many times we do what we do out of fear of failing.We just don’t want to look bad in the eyes of those who really matter to us.It is so important for us to be a real success at no matter at.So we do whatever we can to keep from failing, to keep from looking bad that we will do anything to succeed.That’s what it is all about isn’t it?Success.
But Bob says that he has found that he is more afraid at succeeding at things that don’t matter, things that don’t make a difference in the world that he lives in.
I remember when we moved to Las Vegas to plant a new church.We were so excited but we found ourselves in a deep financial hole.Because of sickness in a close family member…

“I used to think I needed an office to be a lawyer, but now I know all I need is an island.”

A thought by Bob Goff, (2012-05-01) from his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World(Kindle Locations 134-135). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

And that beginning thought by Bob caught my attention.The island is Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland.I have had an Annual Pass to Disney World and I now have an Annual Pass to Disneyland and I have never been to Tom Sawyer Island.And that speaks to too many of us and our trek through life.
Oh I’ve looked across and seen it many times but I didn’t think it looked very interesting or exciting so I stayed on my side of the water and never adventured to the other side to see what was there.But Bob did and he says, “I do all of my best thinking on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. There’s a picnic table at the end of a little pier right across from the pirate ship. I suppose most people think this place is just a prop because there are a couple of wooden kegs marked “gunpowder” and some pirate paraphernalia hung over th…