Bob Goff quotes

  • Something happens when you feel ownership. You no longer act like a spectator or consumer, because you're an owner. Faith is at its best when it's that way too. It's best lived when it's owned.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Way #Ownership #Feels

  • Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It's not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He's made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, "Let's go do that together.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Adventure #Soul #Together

  • Instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, sometimes God wants us to keep our eyes open for people in need, do something about it, and bow our whole lives to Him instead.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Eye #People #Needs

  • God finds us in the holes we dig for ourselves. We see failures; He sees foundations.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Foundation #Holes

  • Grace draws a circle around everyone and says they're in.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Circles #Grace #Draws

  • Grace means we can put the chalk away and stop keeping score!
    -- Bob Goff

    #Mean #Grace #Chalk

  • Day turned to night, His friends scattered and death thought it had won. But heaven just started counting to three
    -- Bob Goff

    #Night #Heaven #Three

  • Stand up like a mountain; have faith like a rock; love like an avalanche
    -- Bob Goff

    #Rocks #Mountain #Have Faith

  • I used to think being loved was the greatest thing to think about, but now I know love is never satisfied just thinking about it.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love Is #Thinking #Used

  • God isn't trying to make our lives easier; He wants to make them more meaningful.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Meaningful #Trying #Want

  • Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Motivational #Healing #Acceptance

  • No book is a chapter, no chapter tells the whole story, no mistake defines who we are. Hope makes our lives page turners.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Mistake #Book #Stories

  • Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.
    -- Bob Goff

    #White #People #House

  • If you’re following God and haven’t lost much of what you’ve been holding on to - follow a little closer.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Littles #Holding On #Lost

  • Do what lasts, get around to everything else.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Lasts

  • Courage doesn't mean we're not afraid anymore, it just means our actions aren't controlled by our doubts.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Mean #Doubt #Our Actions

  • You don't need a plan; you just need to be present.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Needs #Plans

  • Don't let who you were talk you out of who you are becoming.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Becoming #Who You Are

  • Love like there's no tomorrow; live like there's no yesterday. We're forgiven; now go love people like we believe it
    -- Bob Goff

    #Believe #Yesterday #People

  • ...we need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the "do" part of faith.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Land #Differences #Making A Difference

  • People who take huge risks aren't afraid to fail. In fact, they love to fail. It's because failing means they found the edge.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Mean #People #Risk

  • Stop doing what you're able to do and figure out what you were made to do - then do lots of that.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Able #Figures #Made

  • For me, it's Jesus plus nothing-...
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Plus

  • I don't think anyone aims to be typical, really. Most people even vow to themselves some time in high school or college not to be typical. But still, they just kind of loop back to it somehow. Like the circular rails of a train at an amusement park, the scripts we know offer a brand of security, of predictability, of safety for us. But the problem is, they only take us where we've already been. They loop us back to places where everyone can easily go, not necessarily where we were made to go. Living a different kind of life takes some guts and grit and a new way of seeing things.
    -- Bob Goff

    #School #College #Thinking

  • I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Matter #Succeed #Failing

  • Grace works that way. It's a kind word from a gentle person with an impossible prayer. It's a force sometimes transmitted best hand to hand in a dark place.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Prayer #Dark #Hands

  • I don't know every step I'm supposed to take. I think Jesus just wants me to take the next step.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Thinking #Next

  • I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know sometimes God wants us to kick some doors down.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #Doors #Want

  • The shallow end of hope is usually the deep end of grace.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Grace #Shallow #Ends

  • The teachers I've learned the most from, didn't think they were teaching me; they just thought we were friends.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Teacher #Teaching #Thinking

  • The battle for our hearts is fought on the pages of our calendar.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Heart #Battle #Calendars

  • I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #Special #Needs

  • Every time we see people as ordinary, we turn the wine back into water.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Wine #People #Water

  • I once heard somebody say that God had closed a door on an opportunity they had hoped for. But I've always wondered if when we want to do something that we know is right and good, God places that desire deep in our hearts because He wants it for us and it honors Him. Maybe there are times when we think a door has been closed and, instead of misinterpreting the circumstances, God wants us to kick it down. Or perhaps just sit outside of it long enough until somebody tells us we can come in.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Heart #Opportunity #Thinking

  • Our failures can leave behind pavement or potholes. Our ability to receive grace determines which it will be.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Grace #Pavement #Potholes

  • What distracts us will begin to define us. We don't need to swing at every pitch.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Swings #Needs

  • Love finds us where we are, not where we were.
    -- Bob Goff

  • Don't let not knowing how it'll end keep you from beginning. Uncertainty chases us out into the open where God is waiting.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Knowing #Waiting #Ends

  • Words people say not only have a shelf life but have the ability to shape life.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Shapes #Shelves

  • Be ambitious about things that last.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Ambitious #Lasts

  • Small streams don't plan to be mighty rivers. We just move in a direction; God decides what He'll have us become.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Moving #Rivers #Streams

  • Most of our decisions are driven by either love or fear. Figure out who's doing the talking, then decide what you'll do.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Talking #Decision #Driven

  • I think God’s hope and plan for us is pretty simple to figure out. For those who resonate with formulas, here it is: add your whole life, your loves, your passions, and your interests together with what God said He wants us to be about, and that’s your answer.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love You #Passion #Simple

  • The words we speak to each other should leave stretch marks, not bruises. Love is always picky about what it says.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love Is #Bruises #Speak

  • The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Guides

  • God doesn't break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Broken #Use #Break

  • Selfless love is always costly; fear can't afford it, pride doesn't understand it and friends never forget it.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Pride #Love Is #Selfless

  • I used to want to fix people, but now I just want to be with them.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Want #Used

  • Jesus lets us be real with our life and our faith.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Real #Being Real

  • Love does whatever it takes to multiply itself and somehow along the way everyone becomes a part of it.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Doe #Way #Whatever It Takes

  • I used to think I could learn about Jesus by studying Him, but now I know Jesus doesn't want stalkers.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Thinking #Want

  • I used to think God wouldn’t talk to me, but now I know I’m just selective with what I choose to hear.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #Used #Talk To Me

  • The way we deal with uncertainty says a lot about whether Jesus is ahead of us leading, or behind us just carrying our stuff.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Stuff #Way

  • We'll fill our lives with what we cultivate the most. Plant grace by the acre.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Grace #Acres #Plant

  • God's big plan: go love everybody, always!
    -- Bob Goff

    #Bigs #Plans

  • It has always seemed to me that broken things, just like broken people, get used more; it's probably because God has more pieces to work with.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Broken #Pieces

  • Failure is just part of the process, and it's not just okay; it's better than okay. God doesn't want failure to shut us down. God didn't make it a three-strikes-and-you're-out sort of thing. It's more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Swings #Dust #Screw Ups

  • Whimsy doesn't care if you are the driver or the passenger; all that matters is that you are on your way.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Care #Whimsy #Matter

  • We determine how much influence we'll have, when we decide how available we'll be.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Influence #Determine

  • That's one of the things about love. It doesn't recognize boundaries and never obeys the rules we try to give it.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Giving #Trying #Boundaries

  • Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those "we'll go there next time" deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no "next time" because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love #Dream #Attitude

  • ...love is never stationary.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love Is

  • Stop telling people how far they have left to go. Instead tell them how far they’ve come.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People

  • We'll become whoever we trust the most says we are.
    -- Bob Goff

  • Extravagant love is never wasted.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love Is

  • We'll never honor Christ if we forget how to honor each other.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Honor #Forget #Christ

  • God's never as nervous about our future, or as concerned about our past, as we are.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Past #Nervous #Our Future

  • We all want to have a place where we can dream and escape anything that wraps steel bands around our imagination and creativity.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Dream #Creativity #Imagination

  • I used to think JESUS motivated us with ultimatums, but now I know He pursues us in LOVE.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Thinking #Motivated

  • Next to grace, I bet God thinks making us need each other was one of His best ideas.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #Ideas #Grace

  • Most of us have all the information we need. What we need is more passion.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Passion #Needs #Information

  • Love God, love your neighbors, and do stuff!
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love You #Stuff #God Love

  • Here's our job as believers, love everybody ALWAYS!
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jobs #Believer

  • I want to go barefoot because it’s holy ground; I want to be running because time is short and none of us has as much runway as we think we do; and I want it to be a fight because that’s where we can make a difference. That’s what love does.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Running #Fighting #Thinking

  • Great love leaves little doubt.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Great Love #Doubt #Littles

  • Do one heroic thing today; big or small doesn't matter because it defines who you are and what you really believe
    -- Bob Goff

    #Believe #Matter #Today

  • We're part of God's much bigger plan for the whole world. Just like God's Son arrived here, so did you. And after Jesus arrived, God whispered to all of humanity “It's your move.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Moving #Son

  • When you are in high school, you don't give much thought to what you can't do. For most people, that gets learned later, and for still fewer, gets unlearned for the rest of life.
    -- Bob Goff

    #School #People #Giving

  • God delights in answering our impossible prayers.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Prayer #Delight #Impossible

  • That's what love does - it pursues blindly, unflinchingly, and without end. When you go after something you love, you'll do anything it takes to get it, even if it costs everything.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Love You #Doe #Cost

  • Live a life of conspicuous grace and courageous resolve.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Grace #Courageous #Resolve

  • What Jesus said we could do is leave typical behind.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Typical #Said

  • When we love people but don't make it about us, we're exchanging currency we can use for a while for currency we can use forever.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Forever #Use

  • Too often we are posers. Don't be afraid. Be you. Live a life worthy of the calling YOU'VE received.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Calling #Posers #Worthy

  • You can quit anything on a Thursday.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thursday #Quitting

  • But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Sacrifice #Sign Language #Kind

  • That's one of those things about love. It always assumes it can find a way to express itself.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Way #Assuming

  • I used to think life could be shared with anyone, but now I know choosing the right people is pretty important.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #People #Important

  • It will be the people with the greatest love, not the most information, who will influence us to change.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Greatest Love #Information

  • Jesus always pointed people towards a better version of themselves - particularly when they'd failed.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #People

  • Sometimes the things we think are the impediments are actually the path.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #Path #Sometimes

  • It's easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life. Do what lasts; let the rest fall away.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Fall #Lasts #Easy

  • God often waits until we're out of ideas before He lets us know His plans. He competes for our hearts, not our attention.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Heart #Ideas #Waiting

  • Simply put: love does.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Doe

  • Love has the kind of power criticism only wishes it had.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Criticism #Wish #Kind

  • Love doesn't just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it... Simply put: Love does!
    -- Bob Goff

    #Thinking #Doe #Planning

  • We plant sod where God wants 2 plant seed. He's more interested in growing our character than having us look finished.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Character #Looks #Growing

  • We keep asking for answers; God keeps sending us people.
    -- Bob Goff

    #People #Asking #Answers

  • God pursues us into whatever dark place we've landed and behind whatever locked door holds us in. He holds our unwashed and dirty hands and models how He wants us to pursue each other And He says to ordinary people like me and you that instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, sometimes God wants us to keep our eyes open for people in need, do something about it, and bow our whole lives to Him instead.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Dirty #Eye #Dark

  • Loving people the way Jesus did, means living a life of constant interruptions. Bring it.
    -- Bob Goff

    #Jesus #Mean #People