From Katie: The following is a collection of real conversations and quotes found in books, in everyday life, and on Twitter before being compiled here for your amusement. Names and minor details have been altered to protect the not-so-innocent.
Clay [age 11]: Quotes on Twitter can inspire people.
“Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 80
Mom: I didn’t find my iCord, but I did find granola bars.
Katie: I guess I’m just prone to awkward moments while driving.
Amy: No. You’re prone to awkward moments in general. Remember when we sold merch for Shaun Groves and the Compassion volunteer showed us photos of his sponsored child, his grandchildren, and his knee replacement?
Jett: The dogs are drinking the funeral water off the floor.
“God’s grace comes in all shapes, sizes, and circumstances as God continues to unfold something magnificent in me.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 36
Casey: Doctors are the worst. I wish they’d just learn that I [the ASL interpreter] am in control of the situation. This one didn’t. He just started talking as soon as I walked in, so I stopped him, introduced myself to the [Deaf] client. When we were done, I told the doc he could go ahead if he was ready.
Chris [Best Man]: What do I do with my bouquet?
Kevin: Wow, Katie, I have never heard you this frustrated. You need to just tell him to leave you alone.
Katie: Yeah, because that’d be the Christ-like thing to do.
Kevin: I feel like if somebody was really out of line, Christ would tell him.
Tracy: You’ve got Greg coming out of your printer.
“Maybe there are times when we think a door has been closed and, instead of misinterpreting the circumstances, God wants us to knock it down.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 45
Nikki: Those are two things crossed off my life bucket list: be Liz’s DD and write a rap song that gets stuck in people’s heads.
Erin: Are you married?
Security Guard Mark: Yes. For 25 years.
Erin: Wow… 25 years! Do you have any advice for her?
Mark: Yes. Patience… trust… and understanding.
Jim: Don’t ever fill out questions on reference forms. Just write song lyrics and see if anyone notices.
Christina [Age 18]: Daddy, this is the second time you’ve taken me to the bar for dinner this week.
Ruth: Creativity always requires a mess.
“[W]hen each of us looks back at all the turns and folds God has allowed in our lives, I don’t think it looks like a series of folded-over mistakes and do-overs that have shaped our lives. Instead, I think we’ll conclude in the end that maybe we’re all a little like human origami and the more creases we have the better.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 37
Katie: I can get internet from campus but as soon as I start working on something, I lose it.
Will: That’s par for the course. It always happens that way on campus too.
Lisa Whittle: Writers: Networking, learning how to write/be successful can’t replace Him. Want to move hearts? Get words from their Creator.
Pamela: Nothing but net.
Katie: That saying doesn’t work in tennis.
Sara: Why doesn’t that saying work in Venice?
Jim: Somehow I got a purple ribbon for doing well on the SAT. I don’t even think I took the SAT.
Connor [Age 9]: We weren’t roughing around. He just fell and hit his head.
Katie: Why does our lamp-post have a green light? Did we forget to take the Christmas decorations down?
Mom: It was for St. Patrick’s Day.
Katie: It’s June.
“Stand up for people like a mountain, have faith like a rock, and love like an avalanche.” – Bob Goff
Amy: Which is worse: Katie playing guitar or Jennifer singing?
Nikki: Katie playing guitar. Hands down.
Jeff Goins: The greatest failure is to never risk at all.
Rebekah: Your lunch was very healthy today.
Katie: Thanks. There wasn’t anything green.
Rebekah: I’ll pretend you had carrot sticks.
“Words can launch… God made it so that ordinary people like you and me can launch each other.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 45
Casey: I want a pig. I’m going to name it Crispy Bacon so we have the same initial but my parents don’t think that’s a good enough argument for getting a pig so help me come up with more.
Clay [Age 11]: David, I like that you Tweet things about us but what if your friends who see us on Twitter come over and we don’t know them but they know us? Wouldn’t that be awkward?
David: Then you’re famous.
Clay: I wouldn’t want to be famous because then they make tv shows and movies about you and people follow you around and…
David: Clayton, just so you know, Katie is over there scribbling so this will probably end up on Wacky Wednesday on her blog.
Katie: No “probably.”
Clay: I don’t care about being famous on her blog.
[Five minutes later]
Clay: I’m going to end up on a blog! I’m going to be famous!
Katie: I thought you didn’t want to be famous. Maybe I shouldn’t put it on my blog.
Clay: I changed my mind.
Michael Hyatt: Fiction is make-believe and there’s no way to become qualified to tell untrue stories.
Amy: I can’t wait to bicker this weekend! I want to argue with Jennifer.
“People who take huge risks aren’t afraid to fail. In fact, they love to fail. It’s because failure means they’ve found the edge.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 166
Matt: If God’s not removed a situation or concern from your life, He’s using that to draw you closer to Him.
Amy: I’m pretty sure Jennifer’s and my relationship is built on arguing.
Katie: Look at Nikki’s and mine.
Amy: You’re right: it’s built on licking.
Elizabeth [bride]: Amy, if you need any help planning your wedding… ask Jennifer.
“[L]ove is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, xvi
Tammy: I hate to say this, Katie, but you need a husband. One who has a paying job.
Katie: I have a paying job!
Tammy: Yes, but you also have a collection of unpaying jobs.
Mary: It tastes like a telephone pole smells.
Katie: You could put your lamp on the bookshelf. It’d have better Fung Shui.
Matt: Would it?
Sara: Don’t they make cream for that? Fung Shui cream for between your toes.
Erin: She hasn’t even lived and her life is over!
“God is the master artist and made an original version of us, a priceless one that cost everything to create. A version that can’t and won’t be created again. He asks us to hang that version of ourselves for everyone to see.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 149
Scott Walker: Our founding fathers were just ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
Keith: I love cheese! There’s nothing cheese doesn’t make better.
Katie: Ice cream.
Keith: Nah! Cheese on the side counteracts the sweetness.
“We get to be God’s plan for the whole world by pointing people toward Him.” – Bob Goff, Love Does, 143
Elizabeth: We should have practiced cutting the cake!
Tracy: The world is looking for people to be real. Just be who you are and don’t be ashamed of it.
What are you looking for?