The inner rebel in me

Ben Reed —  February 7, 2013 — 2 Comments

There’s something in me that bucks against the grain. The tried-and-true, well-worn path of least resistance that most of us like to cruise down. When I see you cutting that path, something in me awakens.


Show me your mean face!

When you tell me, “We’ve never done this before,” I want to do it. Here. Now.

When you tell me, “It can’t be done,” I know it can.

When you say, “It’s just not possible,” I know I serve a God who parted the seas and raises the dead.

When you say, “We don’t do that here,” I know we can…now.

When you say, “She probably won’t be ready to lead for a long time” I remind you that we serve a God who radically saves.

When you say, “I will never beat this _______” I say, “Let me tell you about 20 people I know who have.”

When you say, “I’ll never get over this fear…” I say, “God did not create us with a spirit of fear.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

When you tell me, “You can’t do it.” I say, “Watch me.”

When you say, “Not here, not now, not ever.” I say, “Here. Now. Today.”

When you say, “You’ll never make it,” I say, “Why don’t you help me?”

Anybody else feel their rebellious spirit awaken in the face of opposition?



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Ben Reed

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Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.
  • Pierre

    Story of my life…

    the only thing is, when people tell me “no, you can’t possibly do that”… I rebel against that, sometimes not for the right reasons.

    Ever been a rebel for the sake of being a rebel?

    To ground the question, that’s how I started my PhD. The uni had told me “we don’t do internationally co-supervised PhDs. At least not now.” And I got stuck in rebelling against that; got my way in the end and never, therefore, really considered whether I wanted to do one.

  • ThatGuyKC

    Haha. Totally with you on this one. I’m a bit of a butt when it comes to being told “no”.