I finally read a book I’ve been meaning to go through for some time. I’ve wanted to read Love Does ever since I went to Donald Miller’s Storyline conference a couple of years ago and heard about Bob Goff. Let me tell you, this book was such a lively and unique read. My recommendation is to go out and get Love Does by Bob today.
Throughout the book, I was constantly reminded that love is not a theory, it’s not something you can quantify or theoriticize (let’s make that a word). If we can talk about love and can write about it, then I’m afraid we just don’t know what love is, for knowing what love is requires action.
Love doesn’t just stop at thinking or planning for it, love takes action. Love is not safe. When we choose to move from the theory of love to actually loving someone, then we can see how costly love truly is. Love is filled with vulnerability, risk taking, and it shatters our world. When we choose to love others, we move from looking in to looking out at the world, actively engaging it.
What I really appreciated from Love Does is the constant reminder that love, well, that love does. Love just doesn’t think or can be read about in a textbook. Love actually gets skin into the game and is a lived experience. Paul wrote to Corinth about this lived out love:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Whimsy is another big theme in this book. Love does memorable acts and it brings joy to other people. Love goes with people on adventures and it invites others onto a path centered on an incredible life amid ordinary times. Love brings whimsy, it brings new adventures that are meant to be shared with others.
For me, I’m going to go on more adventures, even in the ordinary times, even if I cannot fly to London on a spur the moment trip for high tea with my daughter. Instead, we’ll have other adventures that aren’t as far away but are just as fun.
Love takes risks and is meant for all. Love does not stop at warm thoughts and fuzzy feelings. Love takes action, makes life interesting and more incredible.
Love does because that’s how love rolls.