How to Never Be Unemployed

Who You Are vs. What You Do

You’re not defined by what you do for a living. Your higher purpose is about living out your calling and reflecting the aspects of God’s character He built uniquely into you.

Our purpose in this world is to honor God and help other people see Him more clearly.

You can do that if you’re a plumber, an insurance agent, a stay-at-home-mom, a literary agent, a bestselling author, or a retired garbage man.

But in order to do that, you have to understand your calling, and how very different that is from your occupation.

It’s a tough world out there. People lose jobs, they become disabled, they miss out on opportunities or fail to get into certain schools. And if those things happen, you can be crushed and feel adrift if you think you’re defined by your job.

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

Love is not just a noun; it’s also a verb. Love does stuff. 

 

Bob Goff’s book puts hands and feet on a life of really loving and pursuing what’s important in relationships: with God, our families, and other people. Love Does will produce laughs, tears, and moments of the deep tug in your heart you feel when you know you’re being called to something higher in your life.  Love isn’t a feeling; it always does something. 

I was surprised at some of Goff’s spiritual insights. He sees angles in the Bible I’ve missed before about how Jesus loves people in practical ways. If you want to take a fresh look at how important it is to love people with more than just words, how to raise your kids with a sense of excitement about the adventures life holds, and what’s really important in relationships, I recommend this book highly. 

Chapter 11 is a devotional and life-lesson on God’s desire to have community with all of us, and it had the biggest impact on me. 

“When we accept life’s invitation, it’s contagious too. Other people will watch us and start seeing life as something more amazing, more whimsical than before. When you show up to the big life, people (the type who don’t think they’re invited) start seeing invitations everywhere as thick as colorful fall leaves. They don’t think about their pain or their weakness any longer. Instead, they think about how incredible a big life really is and how powerful the one who is throwing the banquet is too.”

Love Does will challenge you to want more from your life and your relationships, especially with God. 

I think the most powerful line is this one:

I’ve realized that I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”         

 

 

 

Bob Goff is the founder of Love Does, a nonprofit organization that operates schools and pursues justice for children in conflict areas such as Uganda, Somalia, Iraq, and other countries. Bob is a lawyer and serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University and lives in San Diego with his wife Maria, their kids, and extended family.

If you want to get smarter in 2017, you need to read more. Join Lisa and me in the 2017 Book-a-Week Challenge!

Pick Better Memories: The key to a happy future.

If you want a better future, reshape how you think about the past.

If you want a happy future, you have to learn to pick better memories.

In recent weeks I heard different people I care about say all of the following things:

“Why does everything always have to be so hard?”
“I remember that trip. We fought all the way.”
“She feels like her life will never be good again.”

It’s tough out there, in life. We’re all in it together, but sometimes it seems like we’re being singled out to go through some particularly hard things, or a sequential string of very difficult days (or months, or years).

Eventually, after having experienced enough of these difficult events, we can resign ourselves to that being how it “always” is, or “always” will be.

That’s when we bring out the “never” or “can’t” or “always” labels and start sticking them all over our lives, our capabilities, our relationships, our health, or our happiness. I’m personally guilty of this at times, so I’m not singling you out, but I have to tell you that this behavior is very damaging to your neurochemistry, your psyche, and your future happiness.

What you allow yourself to think about is directly tied to how you feel. It’s not the other way around, although you can let it feel that way.

Want a Great New Year? Fight for It.

2017 can be your best year ever. But it won't be easy.

If you’re tired of being stuck in the same old year over and over, this post will help you get ready to make 2017 your best year ever. If you really want a great new year, keep reading.

My youngest daughter Kalyn loves quality time. It’s her love language.

Kalyn and I have a tradition of going to breakfast together. Over the years, those breakfasts have been some of our most special moments.

This was the bookend to the breakfast we had six months ago, the day before she left for Australia and Nepal for her Youth With a Mission training program. It was amazing to see how much she’s learned and grown in such a short time. Her love for the Lord and her heart for people are so powerful.

I hope you have opportunity to make some special moments like that happen with those you love.

One of the things we talked about was how important it is to be purposeful in making plans for next year.

If you don’t approach the new year with purpose, it’s very unlikely that anything will change for the better.

Where to Find the Answers

When life is hard, look here for help

Where to Find the Answers People search their whole lives, looking for the answers. Trying to find meaning and purpose and clarity as to why they’re here, what’s their purpose, what they’re supposed to do. I spend my days walking around hospitals, meeting broken people whose decisions to drink and drive or seek a thrill […]

What Happens When You Promise God You’ll Do ‘Anything’

How a book changed our whole life

What Happens When You Promise God “Anything” Another year, another birthday. 47 of them so far. But this year is pretty different. A new state.  A new job. An apartment instead of a house, for the first time since college. A new office, not run by my wife Lisa, who’s been working at my side […]

Veterans Day 2016

A Thank You To Our Veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day in the USA, a day to say thank you to our military veterans. You don’t have to look very far in America to find a veteran today.

When you do, give them a hug, a salute, or a handshake and say thank you.

These people, our veterans, have bought and paid for the freedoms we all cherish, the democracy we love and saw in action this week again. They step out of their comfortable lives and step forward when the question is asked, “Who will go into danger for us?”