Love Does 30

Saturday, May 30
Chapter 30: Palms Up
(pg 203)

Quote of the Day:

“Palms up means you have nothing to hide and nothing to gain or lose. Palms up means you are strong enough to be vulnerable, even with your enemies. Even when you have been tremendously wronged. Jesus was palms up, to the end.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 205

Scripture Reference:

1 Corinthians 2:16
For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

Putting Love into Action:

The next time you are aggravated or tempted to get angry, put your palms up! Bob says it works! Let’s try it.

Question/Discussion:

Has there been a time in your life where you were palms up – you had nothing to gain, nothing to lose? Was it hard to keep your cool?

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

~Starr

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3 thoughts on “Love Does 30

  1. I think I’ve been most tempted over the years to get angry and lose my cool when it comes to my job. I’ve been through several instances with upper management in the corporate world where I felt that I took the brunt of situations because of my level or inexperience. There was one time in particular that I remember a very high leader making a mistake. I knew she made the mistake. She knew she made the mistake. The hardest words I had to hear were, “Well, I’ll just tell my boss that you made the mistake.” And just like that – she did. I wanted so badly to have a clinched fist and go in swinging. But, for this time I decided to keep my cool. I had been wronged. But I also knew that I had done what I was supposed to do in my job. I knew that management knew my record and that I always did the right thing. I also knew that the truth would come about some day. Not too long after that instance, a round of layoffs came about in our company. That manager wasn’t around for much longer. I kept doing my job and telling the truth and keeping my cool as much as possible. It certainly wasn’t easy all the time, but I think the outcomes were always what Jesus had in mind – be a light in whatever situation comes my way.

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  2. The phrase palms up immediately makes me think of my prayer posture. When I pray, I pray palms up. I want to receive whatever is deposited in me while I am in a precious moment with my Father. If I am unable to receive what my Father gives me, then what’s the point of praying? I always want to be in a posture to receive all that He wants to pour out!!! I also like to worship palms up so that as I am offering my sacrifice of praise, He may finding His resting place on me.

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  3. I was intrigued when I read this. I will have to try this next time someone’s getting on my last nerve. It takes a lot to get me irritated, I just usually move on and I choose not to dwell on people and circumstances. There was a peer at work a few years back and it seemed to be her personal mission to try and make me look bad and to try and get me going. I tried talking with her but I walked away telling myself she just didn’t get it. Our offices were next to each other so I had to face her every day. It wasn’t long until others she had treated the same way also started speaking up. Like Starr said, when the job eliminations came along, she was gone. God had mercy on me!

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