I don’t personally know Shelene Bryan, but she seems awesome and inspiring and a little bit crazy! In Love Skip Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Yes, Shelene encourages us to say yes to God and experience what great plans He has that we might otherwise miss. Shelene said yes to traveling to Africa to see where exactly her charitable contributions were going. That trip inspired her to form her own charity, Skip1.org, which provides food and clean water to children around the world. The book chronicles the numerous times Shelene said “Yes!” and how it has changed her life and many other lives in response.
Shelene makes many wonderful points about how much richer life can be when we say yes and jump in. I was completely on board with working in impoverished communities or feeding starving children. Putting your house up for sale by God (chapter 15) just to prove you’re willing to sell your house is where it got a little crazy for me. However, I still took away her point about our own openness to God’s will. (But I’m not putting my house on the market.)
One passage that really made an impact on me was when she said sometimes God wants us to go through a process without ever achieving what we thought was the goal and that the journey can be more important than the end result (page 134). I tend to be very goal focused. I like marking things off a to do list, so the idea that we may go through things to get a completely different result than we wanted is something I grapple with. This book encourages me to look for more opportunities rather than challenges, and to really listen for what God is asking us to jump into.
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