A couple months ago I started reading a new book that my husband had laying around the house, Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life In An Ordinary World by Bob Goff.
I probably should have finished the book by now considering I started it back in September, but sometimes with a book like this reading it slow and steady proves to be much more meaningful than reading it in one afternoon.
The book is about Bob’s life. The good, the bad, the ugly and the extraordinary. What I love about this book is his reflection on what situations mean. And they are always positive.
For example, he once got ejected from his Jeep in a car accident. Rather than get mad, he ended up learning a lesson from the wreck.
There was one chapter in particular I was reading this past weekend that really spoke to me. It helped to learn to see the good in bad news.
This past week hasn’t been an easy one for the Hull household. But in actuality we haven’t had a great couple of months.
But finding out news we weren’t expecting, news that makes you freeze in place, news hard to process the first thing you think of is the bad.
The chapter in the book I read this weekend was called, God Is Good. The chapter was all about Don Valencia. This man was someone I dream to be. An adrenaline junky, who lived his life to the fullest. You later find out he was also the inventor of Starbucks Frappacino and VIA instant coffee. I never would have thought VIA instant coffee from starbucks was actually created for hikers!
After he had gotten married and had two kids, he one day was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the liver and lungs.
It is so easy to just turn away from God, for letting you catch this disease or get mad because your loved one has gotten the disease.
But throughout Don’s journey, through the good times and bad he centered around the quote, “God is good all the time.”
The past couple months have been hard, we have lost loved ones and had disease plague others. But one thing that I realized I was forgetting is the good moments that God enabled us to have with those people.
This weekend we reflected on some moments with a person we lost, we laughed and cried and suddenly my anger turned into happiness. I prayed this weekend for all the memories I had and will continue to have throughout life. Being grateful for what you have, and who you have is far more important than letting anger get the best of you.
If you are interested in reading the book, you can find it on amazon.