THIS IS EPISODE 422 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Jefferson Bethke is a New York Times-bestselling author and speaker who has written four books. In 2012, Bethke’s YouTube video, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” went viral and has since received more than 34 million views. After the video, he decided to write the book “Jesus > Religion,” which would go on to become a New York Times bestseller.
His latest book, “To Hell with the Hustle” was released in October 2019.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Bethke about the hustle mentality, why it needs to go away, how it correlates with athletes and coaches, and his love for Ken Griffey Jr.
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Fun fact: I mean this title literally. It’s not me trying to be flippant, but actually me trying to name just how serious the problem is. Hustle and hurry are turning us into who we don’t want to be, but we don’t tend to realize until it’s too late or after the effects have already corroded our soul and humanness like acid. And here’s the plain truth. Hustle and hurry isn’t of Jesus. He was the fully human one. Living fully as the beloved of God, and He shows us how too. And if hustle and hurry aren’t of him, then there’s only one other place it could be from. Gehenna (the Greek word for hell). The place of chaos and destruction, which oddly enough is exactly what we do to our image bearingness when we let the spirit of hustle creep into our bones. But what if there’s a better way? What if we can resist? I think we can and this is my manifesto saying so. Me putting my fist in the air saying we can live upstream and counter cultural, and live in the way of genuine humanness as we follow the one who did it fully – Jesus. Man, even just typing all this I’m getting fired up. Fired up to start getting this book out in the wild and meet all of you who are asking and thinking about the same questions. Just two more weeks! But for now you can get 3 free chapters instantly, an entire ebook I wrote on how to dehustle your life, and a bunch more when you preorder even just one book from anywhere and send in your receipt to tohellwiththehustlebook.com (link also in profile). Who’s ready to say no to the hustle and say yes to flourishing as we follow Jesus? #tohellwiththehustle