Dave tate is a hard man. a bull-headed, in your face, black coffee kind of man. Gruff voice. Brusque manner. Thick Skin. This CEO of elitists.com has over 30 years experience in competing and coaching strength sports.; culminating in well over 20,000 hours of plying his trade. No, I don't know Dave personally. I've never met him and if I did we'd hardly form anything resembling a bromance. But I have read his articles, watched his videos, and listen to his interviews. I see in him, albeit in a different way, what I desire to see in myself: an unbending, unapologetic, uncompromising, reckless pursuit of his passions.
This year I've started to explore a theme with my students: #xealots. what it means be zealous is clear enough. We all know people deeply passionate about something: gaining traction in their careers, advocating for human rights, developing their culinary skills, even supporting a local sports team. but our take has been one of a different stripe; one of ancient beginnings.
You might have noticed what appears to be a typo, an "x" - rather than a "z" - in the spelling of zealots. rest assured that was intentional. drawing inspiration from the work and writing of Dave Gibbons (see xealots.org) we re-locate the source and axis of our zeal in christ, the one in whom "we live and move and have our being" (acts 17.28). The original greek spelling for christ is: χριστοσ (pronounced 'christos'); which begins with what looks like the english "x' (pronounced 'kai'). The "x" reminds us that it is christ who is the author and and liberator of our truest life passions.
What sparks your enthusiasm? What breaks your heart? what awakens you? it's the answers that we give to questions like these that help us to uncover what christ has called us to be zealous for... truly they are the things that make us #xealots.
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, once said "But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!". Jeremiah knew what it meant to be a #xealot because he aligned his heart to the passion god had for his people. Allow Christ to be the source and axis of your zeal; keep the 'x' at the front where it belongs.
You were meant to live with a zealous, radical belief in the supernatural power of God. You were designed to unleash beauty. - Dave Gibbons
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