Monday, September 29, 2008

The Book That Made My House Dirty

Just kidding, I could've put the book down. Maybe. Sure.

No, no, I just couldn't. It possessed me all day.

Everybody knows about VeggieTales, but I don't know if everybody knows THIS story.

It's the story of how Phil Vischer dreamed a dream about being the next Walt Disney. A "Christian" Disney, if you will.

It was a great dream, but one that became an idol for Phil and ended up defining him instead of his relationship with God.

I could relate to his background and how he felt like he had to "produce" in order to be a great Christian. I loved this line, "I had grown up drinking a dangerous cocktail - a mix of the gospel, the Protestant work ethic, and the American dream."

He goes on to say, "The more I thought about my intense drive to build Big Idea (his company) and change the world, the more I realized I had let my "good work" become an idol that defined me. Rather than finding my identity in my relationship with God, I was finding it in my drive to do "good work.""

You'll never look at Bob and Larry the same way again.

And that's a good thing.


Rangerdavie said...

Little plug here: I work with his nephew Rob.

Rachel said...

Sounds like a good one!...Though I have one I'm STILL working on...One that a good friend borrowed me WEEKS ago...

Only a couple of chapters left, but that's what you get when you decide to read it with someone else!

Nicole said...

Another plug: His daughter Shelby just graduated from the high school I work for (Wheaton Academy) in May. He spoke in chapel last year - cooooool guy :).