I picked up Me, Myself, & Bob off my stack of books from the library this morning. After church today, I devoured it. It is the ‘True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables.” If you aren’t familiar with Phil Vischer, likely you are familiar with his creation VeggieTales. Looking across the room at my VHS tower under the TV, I happen to see 4 VHS tapes that feature the talking vegetables. I’ve enjoyed VeggieTales for years. I have a very red Bob the Tomato Tie that I pull out every once in a while to see what kind of looks I can get from the more ‘mature’ members of our church.
I did not know of all the business problems that was going on behind the scenes with Big Idea and Phil. Somehow the bankruptcy slipped past me. I never knew of the struggles that went through to build the brand, and I definitely did not know all the details of the fall. Only recently was I hearing recommendations from multiple sources about picking up the book. It did not disappoint.
After the fall, Phil realizes that God wants us let go of our dreams. Why? “Because anything I am unwilling to let go of is an idol, and I am in sin. We find our drive in doing “good work.” Later, Phil writes “When people of great faith in the Bible don’t know what God wants them to do, they don’t just runn off and make stuff up. They wait on Him.”
I guess that is a trap that I fall into often. I am a doer. I do things. God created me this way. I’m not great at being still. If problems and issues arise, I want to be involved in resolving them. Something that I need to work on.
Another meaningful takeaway actually occurs as Phil pulls this nugget from Henry Blackaby, “”If you start something and it does not seem to go well, consider carefully that God, on purpose, may not be authenticating what you told the people because it did not come from Him, but from your own head. You may have wanted to do something outstanding for God and forgot that God does not want that. He wants you to be available to Him, and more important, to be obedient to Him.”
Thanks Phil for the honest and humble way you approached this subject. I plan on recommending it to coworkers, family and friends alike.
So… that is two books in 3 days. Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath is next. I may take a few days off and get back into Genesis. I left off at Abraham and Issac. Seems to be relevant reading based on what I just finished.