Bob Goff's Simple Line About 'What Matters' That Really Got Me Thinking

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I’m on vacation right now, which is generally the one time of year I’m afforded enough time to read through at least one-third of a book (sometimes more, sometimes less). I rarely get solid time off, but when I do I really challenge myself to dive into a non-fiction book that will give me some solid lessons to ponder.

And while I’m admittedly six years late getting with the program, I’ve made it 50 pages into Bob Goff’s amazing book “Love Does.” So far, I’m enamored, as Goff has a phenomenal way of bringing simple stories to life, drawing the reader in, teaching important lessons and sparking some laughs and giggles along the way.

While there’s a great deal in the text I could focus on, there is one line in the book that truly stands out:

“I used to be afraid of failing at the things that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

I’ve spent so much time in my own life obsessing over my own whims and wants (i.e. what really matters to me) — so much so that I’ve sometimes failed miserably to ask God for His guidance and His plan for my life. We can get so distracted navigating our own roads that we miss the amazing detour right in front of us.

In the end, what we think matters many times simply does not. Other times, what we want can actually be the last thing we need. I’ve come to embrace this in recent years, though I wish I would have done so much sooner.

“I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” Man, what a powerful line.

Is that where you are today, struggling with an obsession over your own path — your own ways? Are you trapped embarking on a journey that might not actually matter? Every single time I hear about a missionary who has given up everything and gone abroad to save the lives of strangers in a faraway place, I wonder: Am I on track?

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not all called to be heroic missionaries in far away lands. But we are called to “love God and love others.” Are you living that call out? As I ponder some opportunities that are currently in front of me, I ask for your prayers for guidance. And anyone in need of prayer: I’ve got you covered (you can join the Invigorate community and post your requests here).