last week, i got an email informing me that rob bell was back at it again.
two full days. with rob bell. at the beach. for $500.
i really can’t afford it. i’m broke. i can’t pay my bills as it is.
but something deep within compels, intrigues and inspires me to find a way.
so i sold a kidney* and now i’m going.
not because i want to be like rob bell.
after all, i had the glasses before he did, and he’s not even wearing his anymore.
not because i’ve read all his books.
i’ve only read most of them.
not because i’ve seen his NOOMA videos.
after all, i’ve only seen two of them.
here’s why ::
‘because sometimes we need to drop what we’re doing, step out of our routine, breathe in some fresh air and be reminded that we signed up for a revolution.’
i tracked down the above video of rob in his first public speaking event since he left mars hill. a two hour video of rob bell at the Viper Room telling old stories, laughing and responding to some questions.
it was worth it.
i was struck (and ashamedly, somewhat surprised) at how centered rob seems – how rooted he appears to be in who God is and who God has called him to be, despite the pressure his status demands as a simultaneously cherished and demonized christian celebrity.
rob knows his calling, and that simple fact creates peace in the midst of chaos.
that peace is inviting.
in preparation for my beach-bound excursion, it looks like i have a couple books to read, and more than a few NOOMA videos to watch.
and if those two days are anything like his two hours conversation at the Viper Room, i’m confident i’ll be encouraged, challenged and inspired – and will come back equally energized and at peace despite my own pressures — both internal, and external.
and if i’m really lucky, maybe rob and i will get to talk about all that over a cup of coffee.
*i didn’t really sell a kidney. i’m able to go because the Love of my Life embezzled funds from her bank account.
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