Bob Goff: How Do You Make More Space in Your Life for Love? Give Something Up!

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

ACTS 20:24

Here’s a page from Bob Goff’s book of daily reflections, Live in Grace, Walk in Love:

You might not know this, but I spent decades working as a lawyer. I know, Jesus had a lot to say about lawyers, and not much of it was good, so it keeps me on my toes. I think I might have been the luckiest lawyer in the world because I partnered with a bunch of people who knew my work at my law firm was just that—it was work. It was a job. It’s something I did to provide for my family and then fund all the things I’m passionate about, like building schools for kids in Uganda and Somalia and Afghanistan and rescuing victims of human trafficking in India.

I used to devote way more of my time and energy to being a lawyer, but then two things hit me one day. First, all we’ll leave behind is our love, and second, our legacy will be in the people we loved. That’s when I realized I had to make a change. My life couldn’t revolve around trials and lawsuits. So here’s what I did: I quit. I’m not kidding. I got everyone at the law firm together and told them I was out. I took the key to the office door off my key ring and left—and I’ve never gone back.

I made the necessary changes to free me up to give more time, attention, and emotional energy to people in more desperate circumstances than I was in. I wanted to live a less traditional life. One that fit more closely with the person I had become, rather than the guy I used to be. I asked myself the question that might be worth asking yourself. Are you doing what you’re merely capable of or what you’re called to?

I’ve set aside Thursdays now to quit something. It’s easy to get so buried under responsibilities that we lose sight of who we’ve become. So here’s the deal.  Quit something! What will it be? What’s been holding you back? Taking up too much time? What no longer inspires you? Pick whatever day you want—it doesn’t have to be Thursday. Today is a pretty good day to start. Pick today. You don’t have to quit your whole job or move overseas, but you can start cutting things out on a regular basis. You’ll free yourself up to live a life that will give you a great sense of purpose and feed your passions.

What do you need to give up to make more room for love?

Bob Goff: Live in Grace, Walk in Love

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