Bob Goff introduced himself to the large crowd of ministers. For the next forty-five minutes, the convention center, filled to the brim with folks from across the globe, erupted in laughter. I had seated myself as close to the front as possible. I leaned forward as Bob spoke, soaked in stories of adventures, ministry, and a radical way to love my neighbor. It was a message that changed something inside me. In some ways, it was like the flipping of a switch, while in others, it has been a longer process.
I had no way of knowing that my new focus would be tested so soon, or that those tests would be so painful.
I’m still building on and carrying the lessons from that day at the convention center. Bob’s message has become woven into the fabric of my life, even as life hasn’t gotten easier. Thankfully, trials really do make us stronger. Scripture tells us “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (Jas. 1:2-3 NKJV).
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