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Everybody, Always

Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

By Bob Goff
13-minute read
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Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff

Everybody, Always (2018) chronicles best-selling author Bob Goff’s inspiring one-man mission to translate Jesus’s message of love and compassion into everyday practice. That, as he himself admits, isn’t always easy. Life is full of setbacks, obstacles and difficult people. But it is possible. By staying true to his beliefs and finding courage when the going gets tough, Goff strives to lead an exemplary life of love.

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Bob Goff is the founder of Love Does, an international NGO committed to helping women and children in war zones. Active in Uganda, Somalia and Iraq, the charity builds schools and safe houses in some of the world’s most dangerous countries. Trained as a lawyer, Goff is an honorary consul for the Republic of Uganda in the United States. His previous books include the New York Times best seller Love Does.

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Everybody, Always

Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

By Bob Goff
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Everybody, Always (2018) chronicles best-selling author Bob Goff’s inspiring one-man mission to translate Jesus’s message of love and compassion into everyday practice. That, as he himself admits, isn’t always easy. Life is full of setbacks, obstacles and difficult people. But it is possible. By staying true to his beliefs and finding courage when the going gets tough, Goff strives to lead an exemplary life of love.

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Learn to love those you fear and build a kingdom rather than a castle.

If you had to summarize Jesus’s message in one word, “love” wouldn’t be a bad place to start. It’s at the heart of what he taught his followers. But here’s where another word would come in handy. It’s not enough to just love your friends and family – you have to love everyone.

And that includes the people you might disapprove of or simply dislike. Take it from Jesus himself; he shared his last meal with Judas, the man he knew would betray him.

So why is that so important?

Well, God asks us to love our neighbors. That doesn’t just mean the people living next door, though. Think of it this way: God created the whole world as a single neighborhood – from his perspective, we all live next door to each other!

That means loving each other, and Jesus teaches us how. We have to treat everyone as if he were God, regardless of whether he’s sick or hungry, a friend or a stranger.

When you really get down to it, it’s all about welcoming every single person you encounter. Take Goff’s friend Walter. He welcomes refugees in person at the airport with open arms and a beaming smile.

But to do that you need to build a kingdom rather than a castle.

In other words, don’t build high walls to keep others out – work toward a world in which everyone is included!

And everyone really does mean everyone, even those who might see themselves as castles.

Goff learned how important this was when he was invited to a “crop drop” by a church in Alabama. This is essentially when different churches in an area join forces to bag leftover potatoes and give them to the needy.

The reason it’s so powerful is that the participants lower their metaphorical drawbridges. Rather than seeing themselves as different or even opposed churches, they come together to form a new – and larger – community.

So that’s where you can start if you want to lead a more loving life: Jesus! But that can be a daunting task. In the following blinks, we’ll learn more about finding the courage to love others.

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