Love Does 6

Wednesday, May 6
Chapter 6: “Go Buy Your Books!”
(pg 38)

Quote of the Day:

“I once heard somebody say that God had closed a door on an opportunity they had hoped for. But I’ve always wondered if, when we want to do something that we know is right and good, God places that desire deep in our hearts because He wants it for us and it honors Him. Maybe there are times when we think a door has been closed and, instead of misinterpreting the circumstances, God wants us to kick it down. Or perhaps just sit outside of it long enough until somebody tell us we can come in.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pgs. 44-45

Scripture Reference:

Habakkuk 2:3 NLT  “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

Putting Love into Action:

Bob talks in this chapter about how words can launch us. He reminds us that God made it so that ordinary people (that’s me and you) can launch each other. Be a launcher this week. Find someone in your path that you can speak those words of life and encouragement to, “Go buy your books!” Look for the opportunity to be the dean in someone’s life.

Question/Discussion:

Was there a time when you kicked down a door on something you felt like God put in your heart? What happened? What gave you the strength and perseverance to keep holding on and waiting – even though it seemed like the door was shutting in your face?

Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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9 thoughts on “Love Does 6

  1. Several years ago, I found myself applying to be a morning show co-host at a local Christian radio station. REALLY. Morning show. How funny is that?? I would have never in a million years applied to do something like this on my own. I was convinced to give it a try by a friend at the station. And truth be told, I was TOTALLY fine with God shutting the doors on this opportunity. I didn’t really care for the whole idea of getting up at 4:30am anyways. But, something kept me lingering and saying, “Ok, God. Whatever you want.” I didn’t get the job as a morning show co-host. I thought it was a door shut. But, God had other plans through that crazy journey. I gained a mentor that helped me every single week for almost 2 years. I started writing. I started learning the craft of telling stories. I actually DID end up on the air LIVE (they sure were brave people!!) every single week with my friend Gary in the afternoons (aka no 4:30am wake up time!!). To be honest, I still don’t know the complete plan God had in me being at that station – because several months ago it was acquired by a national station and no one is there at that studio anymore. I do know that He stirred something deep in my heart as a result of that crazy interview process as a radio personality. Maybe I’m in the sitting outside part now waiting on just the right moment to be told to buy my books??

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    1. Or maybe that was part of what launched you to being the infamous blogger. 🙂 And prepared you for the multiple live interviews you’ll be part of.

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  2. this chapter was very relevant to me yesterday as I spent a good 2 hours of my day sitting and waiting on 2 of my children to decide if honesty was going to come out of their mouths! I was absolutely miserable sitting there waiting for just 2 hours and I started laughing to myself thinking about how God sits and waits for us to break our stubbornness!! He will patiently wait as we walk by ignoring Him. How many times have we done that? I know He is waiting for me to walk by Him as He is waiting on that bench and say “I’ll go buy my books!” Isn’t it awesome that we have a Father that patiently and consistently waits for us?!! I know I have been walking circles around something that I feel called to do but busy myself too much to stop and say I’ll do it. It requires a lot of effort and rearranging schedules and massive juggling, but is it worth it for my Father? Ok, ok…… I will try……. I’ll go buy my books!!

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    1. Becca – I didn’t even think about this from the perspective of God being the one on the bench waiting on us!! Thanks for bringing that up! And waiting in traffic for 30 minutes drives me nuts, I have no clue how Bob sat for 10 days!!!

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  3. I don’t think I would have the patience to sit for 10 days! Plus, I don’t think I would ever think of doing so! I can think of doors that closed in my past, trials that I didn’t understand then and will never understand… but I know who holds tomorrow and I will never lose trust in God, no matter what. My lord is faithful even when I’m impatient and make unwise decisions, when I don’t stop long enough to listen for his voice and make a mess of things and even when I think I have all the answers! What an amazing Father!

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