by Kelly Robinson June 28, 2018 2 Comments

Ultimately though, be like Jesus Christ.  These amazing men (Bob Goff/Bob Affeldt/Rod Janzen/Doc Fuder) mentioned in the title are strong examples of living in a such a way to give God the glory, to share the love of Christ to whomever the Lord places in their path in an authentic, organic, and winsome way. I am pretty sure their attitudes and lifestyles did not happen overnight, they are human after all.  I am guessing that as they got older and deeper into their walk with Christ, things slowly began to change for them.  Hearts softened. Desires changed.  They learned as they went how to love others in a more Christ-like way as the years went by.  I, too, am learning this. I hope. By God’s grace I am learning to ask more questions, be curious, not engage in arguments for arguments sake; that does no one any good! Listen more than speak. Be present; this I am learning from my dad.  His dementia has progressed to the point of not being able to converse about current events or anything of substance. So, I have learned that just sitting outside with him watching the birds and the people come and go from the nearby parking lot is fulfilling for him. And, it is for me too. I cherish these times.  Presence…patience…. silence…. just being there for someone shows them love. Time is our most precious commodity these days isn’t it?!  I have also learned of late that my “agenda” for the day might not be God’s agenda.  He may have other plans, and I need to be ok with that! We are in the process of moving and my list is loooong! Much to do, very little time in which to do it.  However, just last week I was delayed twice in one day by two instances that were (annoying at first, lets be honest here) and then once I realized my purpose/God’s plan, I was completely at peace and truly filled with joy! The interactions with the people in those instances ended up being much more fulfilling than checking line items #8 and #9 off my “to-do” list.

What prompted this blog was a recent Ann Voskamp blog (highly recommend reading the guest post by Bob Goff) that I read which prompted me to begin reading Bob Goff’s two books: Love Does, and Everybody Always.  Both inspiring books filled with stories of how we can love others well. We are commanded to do this by the way, to love God wholeheartedly and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-39) Bob Goff explains how we do this in a simple, engaging, sometimes humorous way.  Simple, yet, difficult.  Simple, yet sometimes messy. Simple, yet, potentially life-changing for both you and whomever you are showing love to.

I mentioned above that we will be moving soon. I have already been pondering who our new neighbors might be and how we might connect with them.  Here is an excerpt from Bob Goff’s newest book:

Everybody Always that stood out to me. He was explaining how in his cul-de-sac neighborhood, they put on a New Year’s Day parade to celebrate their neighbors.  From Bob: “Here’s why we do it: we can’t love people we don’t know.  You can’t either. Saying we love our neighbors is simple. But guess what? Doing it is too. Just throw them a parade. We don’t think Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor” is a metaphor for something else.  We think it means we’re supposed to actually love our neighbors. Engage them. Delight in them. Throw a party for them. When joy is a habit, love is a reflex.”

Now, that my friends…is gold.  Please read Bob’s two books and let’s all commit to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to whomever the Lord places in our paths. 

Side Note: We will truly miss our neighbors on Harbinger Street. The Lord certainly blessed us with amazing, loving, trustworthy and helpful neighbors. And, even though we did not engage with them as much as we should have, we will miss these lovely people. (Nancy, Bob and Gina, Paul and Deanna, Greg and Amy, Beth and Robert, Frank/Ying/Young/Alice, Rick and Taran, Jay and Janna, Michael and Shannon, thank you all for showing us love.)

Side/Side Note: These were the first men who popped into my head as I was reading the Ann Voskamp blog/ Bob Goff limo story  There are several other women and men who come to mind as I continue to read Bob Goff’s inspiring books. Did I mention that everyone should be reading these books??!! 





Kelly Robinson
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2 Responses

Lynn
Lynn

December 29, 2018

So good! Thanks :-)

Wendy
Wendy

July 07, 2018

I love this so much. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. You have inspired me to love well today, love well tomorrow, and open my eyes to the people God places in my path.
Looking forward to reading Everybody Always.
Thank you!

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