My New Friend Bob

What’s your next step? I don’t know for sure, because for everyone it’s different, but I bet in involves choosing something that already lights you up. Something you already think is beautiful or lasting or meaningful.
Pick something you aren’t just able to do; pick something you feel like you were made to do and then do lots of that.

You weren’t just an incredible idea that God never got around to making. The next step happened for the world when God dropped you on this planet. You’re here and I’m here.
God decided to have us intersect history, not at just any time, but at this time. He made us to be good at a few things and bad at a couple others. He made us to dream.

We were meant to dream a lot. We’re not just a cosmic biology experiment that ended up working. We’re part of God’s much bigger plan for the whole world. Just like God’s Son arrived here, so did you.
And after Jesus arrived, God whispered to all of humanity…”It’s your move.”
Heaven’s been leaning over the rails in the same way ever since you got here, waiting to see what you’ll do with your life.
— Bob Goff

I wish I could claim credit for that quote, but I didn’t write it. 

It was written by my new friend Bob. 

My new friend Bob is a normal guy with an incredible story. 
My new friend Bob is made up of the same stuff as you and I, but His life is full of adventure and whimsy. 
My new friend Bob inspires me and reminds me of the kind of life I want to live. 

I first met my new friend Bob Goff through the pages of his book, “Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life In An Ordinary World.” 

I was inspired and challenged to live an extraordinary story.  

There are many leaders who have inspired me in my pursuit of Christ and in my pursuit of an adventurous story.  My new friend Bob is definitely near the top of that list. 

I called him up last week to ask him a question. He is always willing to talk, no matter how important or unimportant the world says you are.
Although he may not know it, Bob Goff has had a huge influence in the creation of Generation Distinct. 

I wanted to ask Him what He would share with the young leaders around the world and the community at Generation Distinct. 

When I called him, he told me he was standing in one of the happiest places on earth; Disneyland. 

“Hi Bob. I wanted to know what you would say to young people who want to become leaders and live adventurous stories and change the world and all that good stuff?” 

He laughed in the California sunshine and said, “Just the fact that you are asking those questions, means you are already living kind of a different life than anybody else, and that is just beautiful." 

Then he responded with some inspiration I am so excited to share with you, the Generation Distinct community. 

Here is what my new friend Bob wanted to tell YOU, the next Generation: 

“You know how there is sometimes a lot of pressure to be like everybody else? 
One of the things I try to do is not compare myself to other people. 
I’m not trying to be like other people, I’m trying to be like Jesus. 
God made me the way He made me and I’m just going to love that, I’m just going to live into it.
He made me curious about some stuff and you curious about other stuff, so keep that idea in mind.

God doesn’t look in your mirror and wish He saw somebody else, He’s hoping He’ll see you.”

My new friend Bob has taught me many things.  
Who knows? Maybe I will get to hang out with him in Disneyland one day and tell him all about the life he has inspired me to live. 

But on that normal day last week, He reminded me of how important it is to embrace YOUR story. 
We weren’t created to live someone else’s story. We were created to live our story.
Your story will include adventure, whimsy, failure, excitement, set backs, laughter, disappointment, and unexpected friendships. 
It will be different than my story.  Because you were created for a specific reason and placed on this earth at THIS moment for YOUR purpose and YOUR story and to love the people in YOUR community. 

Imagine the potential of this generation if we stopped comparing ourselves to the people on the movie screen, or the girl we sit next to in class, or the guy in the cubicle next to us. 

Live YOUR story. 
Make new friends. 
Love people.
Change the world.

InspirationAlex Heidner