The inner rebel in me

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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?



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

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  • 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”.