Love Does 22

Friday, May 22
Chapter 22: The Puppeteer
(pg 145)

Quote of the Day:

“There have been times in my life when I’ve tried to do good and it hasn’t worked out the way I thought it would. I’ve gotten into a lot of mischief and taken chances and have even taken some big risks. In the process, sometimes I’ve let people down or things I’ve done didn’t go well and I’ve taken a rubber band or two to the head. We all have. But after the Puppeteer painting got shot, I realized that God doesn’t think any less of us when things don’t go right. Actually, I think He plans on it. What He doesn’t plan on is us putting a fake version of ourselves out there to take the hit. God is the master artist and made an original version of us, a priceless one that cost everything to create. A version that can’t and won’t be created again.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 149

Scripture Reference:

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Putting Love into Action:

Have you been tempted to hide the original you so that you won’t get damaged? Put the REAL you out there this week. See what happens. Sure, you might take a hit. But the REAL you is the one God created for His purpose. Put it out there. Take a risk.

Question/Discussion:

Is there a time when you’ve put the real you out there and taken a risk? What happened? Good or bad, share your experiences of being real with us!

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

~Starr

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7 thoughts on “Love Does 22

  1. I’ve been really transparent lately about our home and my struggles with keeping up, clutter, etc. It’s risky to talk about those things and to admit failure. My biggest fear in sharing the real me is that someone will look down and say you’re a terrible mom or a terrible wife and you have your priorities out of whack. When I entertain those negative thoughts it makes me want to hide away in my messy home and pretend like I’m not REALLY the mess that I truly am. The crazy thing I’ve found about sharing the real me lately is there are so many others in the same messy boat! I’ve gotten great ideas and even motivation from my community of friends – it has even given me accountability to change things. It really became clear to me how our true friends want to see the real people we are – and they love us in spite of our failures and shortcomings. Actually, I think they love us even more.

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    1. I have been very proud of you for opening up and being real (in this study, on the blog and even on FB). You are a great mom, a wonderful person – and I’m sure Brian wouldn’t have you any other way as a wife. 🙂

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      1. Thanks, Melissa! It’s so easy to watch people around us – and like Brian always tells me, “Don’t compare your insides to somebody else’s outsides!” Amen to that!

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  2. I tend to be open about my life – but there are some things that you are hesitant to share. Because you know it opens you up to be judged for it. And there have been times when I’ve opened up and shared and been ripped apart for it – and then with the same information someone else says, “yeah? so what?” You honestly never know.

    I want so much to be able to use my life experiences (good and bad) to help others. 🙂

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  3. Well, I tend to be me no matter what. It just works better that way. I remember a few times when I let others talk me into doing something that I didn’t want to do….I wish I hadn’t! I enjoy playing the piano but people have to take me for what I am. I’m too old to learn to play differently, I do it for God and for the church. I remember when someone talked me into playing for their wedding. I should have just said no. I don’t think I did a good job at all. Never again!!! Another story is also about the piano. Many years ago I let someone in the church talk me into trying to teach their child how to play…. Never again! I’ll use my talents in the church until someone better comes along to take my place. When that happens, I’ll just play for my own pleasure!

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