“What you look for, you will find.”

– Rob Bell in Everything Is Spiritual

I believe it. It seems like an eloquent Rob Bell-ish catchphrase that doesn’t carry weight, but it’s true. It gives rise to the question, “So I can just think whatever I want into existence?” Yep. That’s the way this world works and it’s definitely not a foreign concept to Jesus, who explicitly says: Seek and ye shall find.

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  1. I disagree. I cannot think whatever I want into this world. I have tried. But I can LIVE as if what I am thinking of does exist and set up a weird reality for myself. Maybe that’s why drugs are so popular- you just take a pill and some crazy reality pops up that enchants all your senses and emotions. It’s like a cop out for actually DOING those things we think of all the time. Are drugs cowardly? Plus Jesus was speaking more of himself, where if you look for him you will find him, at least from what I’ve been taught on that passage.
    But I defs agree that what you look for you will find. Maybe not in your real life, but you’ll find it elsewhere. What you focus your attention always stands out. Maybe it’s “what you look for, you will notice more.”
    That even rhymes. It must be true!

  2. re: Maybe it’s “what you look for, you will notice more.”

    I am finally responding to this comment! I have a [semi]rebuttal.

    In the entirety of his talk, Rob Bell is supporting the idea that everything IS spiritual. Meaning everything (ultimately reality) is spiritual. Ultimate reality takes its basic fact in God. (hmmm… I think I’m overstepping some philosophically arguable points here, but hear me out).

    Romans 12:1-2 says:

    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

    In a devotional I recieved this morning, the author pointed out:

    Notice that in order to no longer conform to the patterns of this world (i.e. the behaviours and acts that destroy our relationships with ourselves, others, the creation and God) we have to have a renewed mind. We have to SEE things differently. We need a paradigm shift in our most basic assumptions, expectations and understandings. We need a new pair of glasses that help us to refocus and teach us to see in a new way. When you see things differently, you’ll act differently. If you think you’re worthless and stupid, you’ll act it out. If you see yourself as valuable and gifted, you’ll act it out. We always live out our deepest assumptions about ourselves and our world.

    That’s what this Rob Bell phrase is alluding to, I think. We CAN think whatever we want into existence… but if it’s just whatever, and if it’s drug-induced or just very wishful thinking, then it will fail us. We should be searching for Reality. What we look for, we will find. If we’re looking for a way to avoid the Reality that we’ve been shown (in Creation, in the Bible, in our conscience) then of course, we will find a way to do that. But, if we are seekers of truth and of God and of Reality, we will find them.

    We always live out our deepest assumptions about ourselves and our world.

  3. I reread the actual post and need, perhaps, to clarify what I said:

    [The Rob Bell phrase] gives rise to the question, “So I can just think whatever I want into existence?” Yep. That’s the way this world works and it’s definitely not a foreign concept to Jesus, who explicitly says: Seek and ye shall find.

    When Jesus says, “Seek and ye shall find,” He IS referring to the Ultimate Reality and to the Kingdom. He IS NOT telling us to go around using our human imaginations and desires to think things into existence or to intentionally seek out anything other than Him and His Father.

    Yet, I think that Jesus telling us that “seeking brings about finding” functions as an invitation and as an advisory:

    If your motivation is to seek the kingdom and to love God you will surely and gladly find what you are looking for.

    If your motivation is NOT to seek the kingdom and to love the things of this world, you will surely and gladly find what you are looking for.

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