I started the book Love Does by Bob Goff towards the end of summer, but work got in the way, and I got distracted.
Chapter one blew me away, then I left the book to sit for months on my desk back at home.
That was until today. There’s a bit of the end of chapter three that I would like to share on here with you. It’s so good, and when I look back and read my writings I want to be reminded of this, and fall in love with the idea all over again. Before I give you the portion of the chapter I should tell you the back story. Ryan is a man who dreamed up a great proposal for his girlfriend, and asked Bob to be a part of it, or more so to use Bob’s home for it. The Ryan that he refers to dreamed bigger than big and didn’t care what others thought because he was so in love! Now that you know that, this is how what I want to remember forever goes..
“Watching Ryan lose himself in love reminded me that being “engaged” isn’t just an event that happens when a guy gets on one knee and puts a ring on his true love’s finger. Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hike that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged to life and with life.
I enjoy those parts of the Bible where Jesus talks about how much He loves His bride. It makes me wonder if the trees and mountains and rivers are things He planned in advance, knowing they would wow us. I wonder if God returned over and over to this world He placed us in thinking what He had created was good, but it could be even better, even grander. I wonder if He thought each foggy morning, each soft rain, each field of wild flowers would be a quiet and audacious way to demonstrate His tremendous love for us.
I don’t know if God was a little bit like Ryan when He created everything, or if Ryan was a little bit like God. But what I do know is that Ryan’s audacious love is some of the best evidence I’ve found of the kind of love Jesus talked about, a love that never grows tired or is completely finished finding ways to fully express itself.”
I hope this has built a home in your heart like it did in mine. I feel warm inside just thinking about the beauty of life, and how He made it just for me; just for you.