“I didn’t understand, until that moment, that you can only find joy and satisfaction when you have faced down the possibility of futility; when you’ve acknowledged the vapor, now you can actually enjoy…When you’ve faced the possibility that your actions may not bring about the result you wanted; when you surrender your desired outcome, and when we acknowledge our powerlessness, NOW we are free to enjoy. We may even be able to help somebody in the process.”
Rob Bell, teaching pastor at Mars Hill church in Grand Rapids, talks about Ecclesiastes, failure, and freedom in this podcast. Have you experienced that feeling of utter uselessness? Has it freed you, or bound you tighter to your own expectations?