While at my church’s annual Family Camp last week, our associate pastor talked about us being a “never-ready people serving an ever-ready God”. I had thought a bit about what that meant during the week, thinking it was all neat and cool, before pretty much forgetting about it until now.
So often I want to everything spelled out for me. I want a plan, a detailed itinerary from God so I know what’s happening from the time I get up until the time I lay my head down to sleep each night. Surprises are okay if I know about them ahead of time. Ostensibly it’s so I can be better prepared, but truthfully I hate to be caught unawares. I hate floundering, I don’t like failing, I don’t like feeling stupid or being embarrassed.
Yet today as I mulled over how to set up this “cool thing” I hinted at in my last blog post, I realized I needed to remember those words I heard last week. I’m not ready to do this, but sometimes I need to go and do something regardless and trust the steps I need to take after the first one will become clearer as I keep moving my feet.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’m in the final chapters of a really good, really challenging book: Love Does by Bob Goff. I first learned about Bob Goff in Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and I recall thinking, “Bob Goff sounds like he would be quite the fellow to actually know.” So when I heard he had a book of his own coming out, I knew it would be one I had to add to my “To Read” pile (and then make sure I actually read it).
Y’all, you have to read this book. I don’t say that often, nor do I say it lightly. But this is a book that shows a faith with heart, hands, and feet. There is also a generous dollop of fun and whimsy. The Jesus Bob talks about is not a straight-laced, boring Messiah full of rules and regulations, with a ruler in His hand so He can rap us on the knuckles the moment we do something wrong. He is, as it was put to me last week, an ever-ready God ready to help His never-ready people live out amazing adventures if we’ll only trust Him enough to take His hand and go where He leads. As Bob writes in his book, “You don’t need to know everything when you’re with someone you trust.” And that is something I need to remember more often than I do.
Now I don’t want to merely tell you to read this book and then hope one day you get around to downloading it on your eReader of choice or to buying it from a bookstore. No, I want to give you a chance to win one of five copies I have on order from Amazon (but if you want to get a copy on your own, I’m cool with that). All you have to do to win a book is follow these two simple steps to have your name entered in the draw:
- Leave a comment on this post.
- Make sure you enter your e-mail address in the appropriate field.
That’s it – that’s all you have to do. I’ll make an announcement here when the books have arrived along with the official closing date for entering the draw, and we shall proceed from there.
Easey-peasey, eh? (Because ‘love in action’ doesn’t have to be complicated or convoluted.)
Watch the below video to learn more about the book from the man himself :