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Three Columns By Bob Goff
Grace, Walk in Love:
A Daily Rhythm
to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light.
remember learning to ride my first bike, but my favorite bike
memories are when I taught my kids. Without fail, at the beginning,
the front tire would wobble back and forth more and more wildly just
before one of them bit the dust. And they all bit the dust.
Sometimes they would try again; sometimes they would call it quits.
Learning to ride a bike at first is completely unnatural. Once it
clicks - the balance, pedaling, steering - it's hard to imagine not
knowing how to do it. With enough practice, you don't even think
about riding a bike anymore. You just do it.
Jesus talks about taking up a challenge to live differently. It's sort of
like riding a bike. He wants us to live in grace and walk in love,
but at first it is a gangly, wobbly wreck. We might even get banged
up a little. Then, after a while, you just know how to do it. The
Bible describes it as a rhythm, like breathing itself, where we are
taking in grace for ourselves and holding out love for others. It is
not natural, and it takes some practice. But Jesus showed us the
Maybe one day we'll look a little more graceful and pull off some
cool tricks - hop a couple of curbs, do a wheelie or a bunny hop.
Not unlike Peter and John, who healed a man in Acts 3, Jesus wants
us to stick with him through the awkward learning parts so we can
learn to ride like he does. He wants to take our mind off of falling
so we can pedal more fearlessly. Sure, there will be some scratches
and scrapes. But we can pick each other up and help each other get
back on for another go.
What habits and rhythms do you need to practice to help you naturally
experience God's grace in your life?
in Grace, Walk in Love: Quit Being "Right."
does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to
walk humbly with your God.
ever been able to change someone's heart and mind with a compelling
argument? Yeah, me neither. I'm a lawyer. I win arguments for a
living. Still, what sways a jury won't reshape our worldview. I
think there are a number of reasons. One is that we can try to
convince someone about what's "true," but, we can't make it matter
to them, and people will only move forward on things that matter to
I'm not saying we shouldn't voice our opinions or disagree with people,
but I think we need to reboot how we're having the debate. I've
learned the power of letting other people have the last word. It
won't kill you. Yield the last word and you'll make an impression.
The next time things get a little heated, make it an opportunity to show
love and grace, even if you've got a different opinion. Say the
truth in love but be willing to concede the last word. When we let
other people have the last word, we let them know we're more
interested in spreading love than winning arguments. Instead of
convincing people we're right, let's be humble. Humble people know
when to speak up and when to be silent. People listen to our lives
even more than our words, and it will be love that moves them in the
In what ways can you be more humble today?
Live in Grace, Walk in
The World Will Know What We Believe by Seeing
What We Do
this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.
I've heard a lot of people say something like this: "I'm not big on
religion, but I could really get into Jesus." Have you ever heard
that? I think it's because people assume religion is a bunch of
rules governed by religious zealots who spend their days deciding
who's right and wrong. I can't really say I blame them.
Perhaps a more accurate way to see faith is that it's a bunch of ideas
and Jesus was a bunch of action. Sure, there are times in the Bible
where we see Jesus teaching. But more often, we see him telling
stories or getting down on one knee to look a child in the eye or
feeding hungry people or healing the lame.
We all know people who are eager to tell us what they believe - about
God, about the poor, about love and heaven and hell. But ideas can
only get us so far. If your car breaks down in rush hour traffic, do
you want someone to send you a detailed diagnostic of what went
wrong? Or would you prefer a pair of jumper cables, a lift, or a
call for a tow truck?
If you know a single parent who lost their job, do you think that person
wants a performance review or a gift card to a local grocery store?
Understanding the Bible is important, no doubt. I spend loads of time
discovering the truths in its pages, but the moment we chase
knowledge at the expense of loving others, we've missed the point of
Scripture. Remember that the world will know what we believe by
seeing what we do. Be love, and you can't go wrong.
What will you do for someone today that demonstrates God's love?
Beloved and bestselling author Bob Goff provides you with a
year's worth of inspiring, unexpected, thought-provoking teaching
that will prepare you for the day ahead.
Bob Goff's first two books, Love Does and Everybody, Always,
spent dozens of weeks each as New York Times bestsellers with their
unique combination of entertaining, witty storytelling, and
challenging, surprising perspectives. Now Bob is back with a
year-long devotional made up of his distinctive, entertaining,
deceptively profound reflections on what it means to live every day
in light of the grace of God.
Built on Bob's trademark storytelling and unique way of helping us
to see things in a new way, Live in Grace, Walk in Love takes
us through an entire calendar year of meditations on how we can step
out in love and confidence in every aspect of our lives. More than a
tweet, less than a blog post, these devotional readings--accompanied
by Scripture--will inspire and galvanize you live a more liberated,
love- and life-giving existence than you ever thought possible.
to our other Bob Goff feature page for an interview about his best
selling book, "Everybody Always"
"Live in Grace, Walk
in Love Devotional:
A 365 Day Journey"
Let beloved and best-selling author Bob Goff help you learn to step out in love and confidence in every area of your life with this 365-day devotional! In these unexpected, thought-provoking, and deceptively simple readings accompanied by Scripture, he'll inspire and galvanize you to live a more liberated love- and life-giving existence than you ever thought possible. 419 pages, hardcover from Nelson.
Becoming Love in a
World Full of Setbacks
and Difficult People"
What happens when we stop worrying about difficult people and simply love them? A revolution! In this follow-up to his best-selling Love Does, Goff shares how he learned to accept others without inhibition, insecurity, and restriction---including when he befriended a Ugandan witch doctor. Discover how a no-limits embrace of everybody can transform the world. Paperback.
Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World"
In Love Does, Bob Goff shares remarkable stories from his life and shows how living and loving to the fullest is the best way to make Jesus known in this world.
Remember the joy and excitement as a kid of being invited to a big party? You felt valued, included, wanted and ready to have a good time. Goff believes that every day of life can be lived with the same childlike enthusiasm and sense of humor. Whether you've travelled to meet dozens of world leaders with your kids, and started a school in Uganda like Goff, or are simply seeking a new perspective on the Christian life, you'll learn that love is a verb, not just a feeling. His insights and joyful reflections will help you discover what it means to live as Howard Thurman intended when he said, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Lindsey Goff Viducich
"Love Does For Kids"
Kids of all ages will love Bob and Lindsey's stories about how love does. With childlike faith and great whimsy, young readers will feel instantly connected to a love that acts as much as it feels. Children will walk away feeling empowered to do things that will make a tangible difference
in the world.