Bob Goff: Love People Like the Rules We’ve Made Up Don’t Apply.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.

ROMANS 12:10

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

Birthdays are the only time we celebrate people just because they exist. They don’t have to do anything special that day—no book launch or graduation or job promotion or space shot. We celebrate them because they were born.

I love birthdays so much that I’ve started doing away with the birthday system where we only get to celebrate people one time a year. Think about it: Jesus performed thirty-seven miracles, depending on how you count them. Our friends are the thirty-eighth miracle. Now, that’s something to celebrate. Those closest to us are a gift every day—fall, winter, summer, and spring. They make bad days more bearable with their comfort and attention. They make sweet moments all-out celebrations because their presence amplifies our joy. Whose idea was it to only set aside one day a year to bake them cakes and shower them with gifts?

That’s why I make it a point to send friends balloons on random Tuesdays or flowers at the end of a mundane workday or a package full of surprises, just because. Sometimes I throw a dinner party with Secret Santa gifts in July. I’ll get on the grill and Sweet Maria will bake a cake and we’ll shower a friend with affection because they were born and they bring us such joy. It’s not to cheer them up or affirm their achievements; it’s just to tell them they’re a gift to the world.

Break the rules that say you have to contain your love to specific days. Pick a person and celebrate them today. We don’t need to wait for permission to throw a party.

Who can you celebrate today? What will you do?

Bob Goff: Live in Grace, Walk in Love

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