I recently read Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff (2018).
The book was gifted to me by the wonderful faculty and staff of Throckmorton ISD, with whom I have served for the last 10 months.
In this book (and in his previous) BG reflects openly with us about his struggle to become more Christ-like. Much of his thinking centers around viewing his (and our) discipleship through the lens of simply loving, as completely and as wholly and as unconditionally, ALL those whom God brings within our life sphere.
BG emphatically makes the point (again and again) that God does not need us. Rather, God lovingly allows us to grow as we commit ourselves to loving and serving others.
My favorite quotes:
> “If we’re fortunate, God
will surround us with friends who know us so well they’ve stopped trying to
control our conduct with endless instructions and instead trust that God is at
work in our lives, even if He’s doing things we don’t yet understand.” (p. 137)
> “His (God's) reason is
simple: He’s more interested in making
us grow than having us look finished.” (p. 168)
Thanks for the thoughtful gift, Greyhounds.