Dear Bob Goff . . .

Written by on January 20, 2016

Bob Goff

Dear Bob Goff,

I wrote this after lunch today while attending the Mission Connexion conference in Portland.

I am so not coming to hear you speak at the conference tonight.

I’m a self-confessed conference junkie. Thrilled that you were coming to Portland, I marked my calendar, counting down the days.

But I’m so not coming to hear you speak.

My sweet Kingdom-minded friend Vicki Norris called me last night. She came up with the idea to have a group of women from her First Thursday barn gatherings go to Wendy’s shop in Sherwood, Oregon. Business has been slow for Wendy. Vicki invited a dozen women to pack out Wendy’s small shop, and to bless Wendy with business, prayers, dinner out, and maybe a few hugs.

But I told her, “No, I can’t go. I’m attending a conference.”

I thought, I can’t wait to hear Bob Goff, you know, the guy who wrote Love Does. I love that guy Bob. He’s the Ugandan Consul (except apparently he doesn’t know how to spell it). You know, Sweet Maria’s husband. The guy whose kids got twenty-nine responses to invitations to meet with world leaders. Heck, he makes up words like “jeepology” and probably “leapology,” too. He springs kids out of Ugandan jails like prizes out of a Cracker Jacks box. Bob is the 16-day-L.A.-to-Oahu Indiana Jones Navigator guy with an office on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. Major-league cool!

Bob Goff makes me laugh. He makes me cry. He makes me think. He inspires me to not just sit around and chew Spearmint gum and talk about stuff, but to get out there and put sandal leather on the thing.

So this morning, I get a Holy Spirit whisper in my heart that grows minute by minute. Go bless that lady. And right now, a holy moment! A light bulb pops and smashes into a billion shards overhead. I’m joining those ladies and packing out her shop, blessing her with a $50 bill I came across in my wallet this morning, and possibly an enormous hug.

And so, in the end, I’m not coming to hear you speak. Because apparently love does.

Lynn Hare

P.S. I used to think I had to meet the brilliant author to get blessed by his Jesus, but now I know I can bless people with that Jesus myself.

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  1. Susan   On   January 21, 2016 at 6:17 am

    What comes to mind is scripture: “Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS,… ” Hebrews 3:7-8

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Yeah, Cathy. This is National Bob Goff Week, didn’t you hear? He earned this distinction by being the Chief Balloon Inflator, apparently.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you, Kelly. I’m excited that YOU were a very real part of the group of ladies who blessed Wendy on Saturday night! It was fun to embark on the adventure with you!!!

  2. Kathy hay   On   January 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Bless you and each of your friends today as you in turn bless Wendy . May her business improve with each passing day.

  3. Kathy Carlton Willis   On   January 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Love this note! Love the intimate way you personalize it. Love the compassion and excitement I hear in your tone. And I love how you’re applying what you’ve learned in Bob’s books by living it out rather than merely being a fan. Thanks for sharing how God moved in this way!

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Kathy, thank you for your kind words. And for getting this post out on Twitter. I love that Chief Balloon Inflator dude! He’s my inspiration. Now if I could only get my friends to quit ranting and raving about Bob’s message that evening!

  4. Lynn   On   January 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

    It is essential to respond to one another and to be the skin of the Lord that others need to touch and feel. Teaching can inform and help to transform. However, as my mother used to say, “Your actions are so loud, I can’t hear a word you are saying.” By the same token, our words have a channel through the avenue of love and kindness, expressed in action. What an incredible blessing you must have been to Wendy. May she see more growth in her business…and more of the Lord’s graces in her life.

  5. Linda Jo   On   January 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Hi Lynn: Looks like Bob Goff has done his job. And now you get to go do yours! Be blessed by our Father. And thank you for the example you are giving the rest of us.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Linda Jo, thank you! I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, this old dog (hare!) really can learn new tricks! I’m grateful for your loving words.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you, Tassie. I’m learning a little more each day how to be sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit! I appreciate your kind words. Go inspire more people as YOU live “Love Does!” Let me know how it goes, my friend.

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