Bob Goff: Don’t Be ‘Right.’ Be Jesus.

These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

ISAIAH 29:13

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

We all know what it’s like to watch board game night with friends devolve into civil war. The beginning is always promising: someone brings up Pictionary or Charades and you split into teams, ready to laugh. Then it all takes a turn when someone with a competitive streak takes charge. Maybe they were cut from their middle school basketball team or have an axe to grind because they lost a board game when they were five. Whatever it is, the competitiveness fills the air in the room like a thick fog.

Rules emerge that no one knew about. Even the rules have rules. It’s no fun anymore. It quickly becomes obvious to everyone that being right isn’t as important as being together. What happened? It’s simple. The purpose of the game is to enjoy one another, not to win. If someone takes it too seriously, they ruin it for everyone.

Life works the same way. We can be so consumed with being “right” that we miss the opportunity to just be together. Humble people stay quiet when speaking up might cost them a friend. They know life isn’t a competition. There’s no winner or loser in God’s family because everyone has access to infinite love and grace. There are no more chips we can collect or play money to hoard. Don’t trade a dozen great relationships for a few unverified rules.

Here’s a pro tip: Don’t be “right”; be Jesus. Be the one who brings people together and is self-aware enough to know that the purpose of our lives is to lift everyone up, not put people down.

What would change if you cared more about being loving than being right?

Bob Goff: Live in Grace, Walk in Love

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