Somehow, through a friend and a mishap and of course Twitter, I’ve had the very cool honor of spending some time with Bob Goff. Bob is a lawyer, the founder of Restore International, author of Love Does, and one of the coolest, most charismatic people I have ever met. His love for life and for Jesus are absolutely contagious, and he makes me want to be a more joyful, loving, adventure-accepting person every day. I just read this from his book:
“There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I’m tempted to turn it down all the time. 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. It 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 an invitation to fully live.
Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. But you see, we have been invited–every day, all over again.
If you can relate, you should buy Love Does. Now!