It’s All Rob Bell’s Fault!!!

Yeah, that is right! I know Rob looks all sweet and kind and pastor-ee but last night, as I watched the video of his talk at The Viper Room, Rob revealed himself to be a mean, pushy, kick you in the gut then kick you while you are down kinda guy!! OK…well, not really…but he sure did “preach at me” all the way from West Hollywood. It has really difficult to hear him directly address our cultural bent towards thinking “commentating” on what others do has become a job that many except as legitimate…Rob calls us to be “more creative than that” to find our message, to do our work, realize that it is the act of writing (and by extension other forms of art) that is where the purpose and joy is found, not in whether or not the work is excepted, endorsed, ridiculed, or rejected. You have to do it for you!

Wow! It was like Rob walked up to me personally, and said “Hey, do you know you haven’t been living up to your potential? You have been letting the voices in your head and the voices of your critics replace YOUR voice” The short way of saying this (not that I can imagine it coming out of Rob’s mouth, but I can sure hear it coming out of MINE) “Get your SHIT TOGETHER and just DO IT” Start somewhere, anywhere, and this time DON’T STOP! Don’t let anything knock you off course…NOT EVEN YOU!

I am afraid that this is where I have to make an admission, I am scared to death that I will die never having done what I need and want to do.  I self-sabotage, I use excuses, I give up, then I hate myself for it…which starts the cycle all over again.  I get depressed easily, stay depressed easily, and hide if someone tries to point it out to me.  But every once in a while, something like this happens, something that feels like new school supplies and the first day of school…a clean slate full of hope and promise for a fresh start.  In the past, I have gotten all fired up about it, ready for the new challenges, but I packed all those wonderful new supplies in the same tired, old backpack I have been carrying around my whole life…a backpack sown together with faulty stitching made of doubts, negativity, and fear of past failures…Rob took my backpack away! And honestly, I hope it stays gone!! Rob’s words released me from caring what the outcome will be and will allow me to focus on those things that make me HAPPY! His wide eyed wonder and energy at the “next chapter in life” was contagious…so THAT is why…it is ALL Rob Bell’s fault!!

If you wanna hear exactly what Rob said…watch it here Well worth the time!!

Rob Bell


3 responses to “It’s All Rob Bell’s Fault!!!

  1. Good question Jonathan. I believe that the cycle is common, and I believe recognition of it, and trying to overcome it is very useful information to have. We are given hope that the power to overcome is within us and happens one word at a time in this case, and that we do not have to wait for some magical moment or new gift from God to move forward.

  2. The idea that stands out to me is, “you have to do it for you.”

    I thought the most meaningful things we do (especially when they are hard) we do for the glory of God, our Father, by His Spirit and grace.

    Being self focused has never resulted in more than disappointment and bitter fruit for me. Doing things for others (although not for their approval…which may be what you are writing about) many times has seemed “unfun” at the time, but brought such great joy in retrospect.

    So maybe what you are saying is, don’t do it for the approval of men. I can identify with that struggle, but I don’t want to replace it with doing what is right in my own eyes either. That we all have a tendency to do as well.

    What we need is the fear of God alone. That is the beginning of wisdom, continuing in faith and confidence of His grace toward us through His Son as we walk in obedience to His Word.

    Thanks for sharing. I hope that the “back pack” stays off you back too…in the knowledge of the freedom that you have in Christ. To walk with Him in faith, by the grace that he has saved you in… Not because of what you are, or have done, but because of who Christ is and what He has done.

    In Christ, Jenette.

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