"Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It's about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That's what I want my life to be all about - full of abandon, whimsy, and in love. I want to be engaged to life and with life."
"And when each of us looks back at all the turns and folds God has allowed in our lives, I don't think it looks like a series of folded-over mistakes and do-overs that have shaped our lives. Instead, I think we'll conclude in the end that maybe we're all a little like human origami and the more creases we have, the better."
"There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I'm tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn't come in an envelope. It's ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It's the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I've seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live."
Excerpts from Love Does - by Bog Goff.
I had heard a bit about it from a few people and treated myself to a copy for Christmas. I'm not finished yet, but I keep thinking, "Is this guy for real? Did he really do that?" There are stories about farting and getting shot in the belly with a pellet gun and being invited to the homes of world leaders and sneaking on to the set of a movie. All of it is extraordinary and crazy - but the good kind of crazy.
And I'm curious about the word whimsy and where it has and hasn't shown up in my life.
I'm thinking about love and the doing part of it. I feel both convicted and inspired.
This book. Just wow.