New York Times Bestselling Author Bob Goff is famous for saying, “Quit something on Thursday. Maybe even your job.”
Bob believes that in order to make space for things you want, you have to clear out some things you don’t – even big things. So at his Love Does Conference in Seattle last year, I took him up on it.
“All right Bob,” I said, and quit my job, with my new BFF Lisa Long standing by.
I heard from that raven haired beauty Lisa Long today, AND GUESS WHAT SHE DID?
She quit her job…And it’s not even Thursday. Now, Lisa didn’t exactly work at the mall, she’s had a very big job for the last 22 years, so quitting was no small thing. But I’ve never heard her more excited.
“I have so much joy today and now I’m like Ok Jesus, whatever. I’m ready.”
Try praying like that some time.
Here’s the fun part.
This wasn’t a whim, Lisa’s been considering it for a while. Yesterday morning she got up early to pray it over and wound up watching a couple of videos Bob posts. This was one of them. It’s 30 seconds. Watch it!
Six hours later, I posted the same video on my Facebook page and she saw it – again. Then she picked up the phone, called a meeting and pulled the chocks like a boss.
It’s not that Lisa isn’t scared, she is, but because she believes the Kingdom of God is a way of being in this world, right now, she is brimming with hope about what is next, and I CAN NOT WAIT….(How about a big white ship? hint hint.)
If you choose to live in the Kingdom of God – and by the way Bob would say, you’re not just invited, you’re welcome – it’s ok to reject coincidence. It’s ok, when people who love you post on Facebook things you’re already thinking, to believe that may just be God saying,
“Let go baby. I’ve got this. I’ve got plans for you.” Jeremiah 29:11
Without the confidence I gained from reading Jeremiah 29:11 a thousand times, I wouldn’t have had the guts to quit selling insurance. If I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have gone to Zambia, which led me to Mercy Ships, and nine out ten people agree, bandaging the feet of lepers in West Africa is more interesting than selling insurance.
So, where do you need to pull the chocks and who are you trusting to help you?
Bob’s pal author Don Miller put it like this at the Love Does Conference:
“Are you being too careful? Is it robbing the Kingdom of God of something? We don’t want you to be careful anymore.”