Jefferson Bethke @jeffersonbethke
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Married to @alyssajoybethke. I write books and talk on the internet. Encouraging and equipping parents through @familyteams.
12 Posts
219k Followers
1k Following
Married to @alyssajoybethke. I write books and talk on the internet. Encouraging and equipping parents through @familyteams.
2 years. 50,000 words. Lots of wrestling and thinking and researching. And today is finally the culmination of all that, with it being the OFFICIAL release day for To Hell With The Hustle. Honestly, I’m just speechless. This book feels so hard won. I feel like I had to wrestle it to the ground for 2 years. It feels like a message that’s so deep in my bones I just want to stop random people on the street to tell them about it. Why? Because I really do believe our trajectory is killing us. It’s simple. What we value in our culture—the noise, the fame, the speed, the hustle, the tribalism, and more—it’s just simply and absolutely incompatible with the way of Jesus. And honestly it’s just surreal that the day is finally here. Where you all get to read it and we get to have a conversation about it. By the way, swipe right to see the true book process. The first email is from a few years ago where I was first thinking through these themes through the lens of our phones. Fascinating to read my thoughts then and how if you replace ‘phones’ for ‘hustle’ in that email then that’s this book! Ha hustle is the ultimate tyrant. Also, of course I’d try to drop a Pax Romana reference in that email years ago. Like what am I even talking about bro 😂 my brain 🤷🏻‍♂️ And that’s the third picture. I found the email where I first named and touched on the real problem. The word hustle. Hustle culture. The pace and speed of our world. It simply is just a disease on a faithful, obedient, loving walk with Jesus. And we need the cure. To become non-anxious presences in this world, as fully reflecting image bearers of our Creator, we HAVE to reclaim our life and make changes. We have to be renewed and reformed and made more and more into the true image, Jesus our King. PS if you’re still reading this could you throw up a quick prayer? For me this week as I try to speak clearly and hopefully in a way that encourages and loves as I’m doing press and interviews and speaking stops? PSS the book is available anywhere books are sold TODAY (and so is the audiobook on audible and ebook!), so if you snag a copy let me know! Can’t wait to hear what y’all think!! #tohellwiththehustle
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I’m probably breaking all the rules right now, because my new book comes out tomorrow, and well, all the marketing experts would probably say to only talk about the book this close to launch date 🤷🏻‍♂️ But I don’t care much for that, and especially so since today is such a special occasion. I married Alyssa 7 years ago on this exact date. And I was doing some reflecting this morning and one thing I love about 7 years is in the scriptures it’s a pretty special marker. 7 years marks the Shmita, or the sabbatical year. A year of rest and letting the ground renew itself for the next season. The word can literally mean ‘to release’ and I find that such a fascinating concept, especially for marriage. It’s a year of debt cancellation. And it got me thinking how that’s so necessary for the continuation of any marriage. And let me be clear, 7 years of marriage is tiny. We are still in the toddler stage of marriage. But I do think 7 is a special number, because it marks the end of the first season. Our first go around and first season as two become one and all that entails. And so we are celebrating that God got us this far. That He’s brought us to the end of our first season. And we can celebrate all the ways in which He’s made us new, while also cancelling the debts or leaving behind all the lies and agreements we’ve made with the enemy. That grace is bringing us forward, and just like Israel who needed much faith to let their very livelihood rest for a full year (them not working the ground for a full year was an immense leap of faith that God would take care of them) I hope we do the same. Rest in who He is and let grace be the water of the soil as we close out this season. And let me be clear too, marriage is fricking amazing. I just simply wouldn’t be the person I am without Alyssa. She’s made me new in all kinds of ways, shown me grace like no one else, and has given me the truth of what it means to be fully known and fully loved at the same time, which is true intimacy and love. So grateful!
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Jesus was a complete waste of talent. Seriously. Stick with me for a second. Have you ever thought about that? By worldly standards, Jesus seemed to completely squander the call and power and ability within him. He was God in the flesh! The Alpha and Omega. And he basically lives in obscurity and that power is ‘untapped’ for 30 of his 33 years. And even then when he starts to be a little more public he’s constantly still telling people, ‘hey don’t say anything.’ or ‘let’s keep this under wraps.’ Not to mention people around him constantly seemed to critique him on this very point and tell him he wasn’t doing enough. Satan let him know, ‘if you are the son of God then you’d do this...’ or at His death he was jeered and mocked, ‘if you truly are the savior you’d let yourself down off of that cross.’ I mean, what more ‘wastefulness’ than God Himself being executed on a Roman cross? But here’s the thing. It wasn’t wastefulness in God’s kingdom and God’s way. It was actually how we are meant to pour ourselves out. When Mary poured an entire year’s worth of perfume on Jesus’ feet it was seen as wasteful by others but an extraordinary act of love by Jesus. Sometimes wastefulness to the world is actually the VERY essence of love. So many of us are trying so hard to make every behavior we take have the biggest impact or the biggest ROI (return on investment) but God isn’t looking for efficiency. If He was he would’ve made machines, not image bearers. He’s looking for love. And love is wasteful. It’s extravagant. It pours itself out in ways that seem dumb, ridiculous, and inefficient. And honestly I think our world and our neighborhoods and our cities would be transformed if we all began to waste ourselves on them just like our King showed us how to do 2,000 years ago. (Also, I know this idea is A LOT to unpack here on IG, but this is an idea I’ve been processing and wrestling with in my own life for awhile and actually dedicated the entirety of chapter 6 in THWTH to. Excited to hear from those who dig into it the next few weeks!). #tohellwiththehustle
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Here’s the thing about hustle (and any spirit or trajectory we put ourselves on for that matter). We turn into that thing. We become it. Literally. It’s no coincidence the Psalmist tells us about idols that, ‘those who make them will be become like them.’ We become what we worship. It’s that simple. And participating in the hustle culture turns us into something we aren’t, or at least shouldn’t be, and aren’t created to be. ⠀⠀ Because image bearers aren’t created to solely be efficient, driven, ambitious, goal-oriented, achievement based humans. And here’s why. When I envision that person in the future, I don’t see a loving human presence. I see a machine. And that’s what most of us don’t realize our hustle is pointing us towards. ⠀⠀ Yet there’s a bigger and better more truthful aim that our hearts long for deep down. And that’s the purpose of flourishing as the image of God found in Jesus. True humanness. That is the goal and the objective. And that is what we lost the minute the fateful curse in the garden shattered it all. But we can find our way back. How? Through the truly human one-Jesus. By walking alongside of Him, not ahead of Him. By listening to Him, not us doing all the talking. And by saying no to hustle and hurry, one small act at a time. #tohellwiththehustle
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When you’re a Maui kid, 68 degrees means full jeans, flannel, and beanie 😂 also, yes I’m aware of what finger that is 🤷🏻‍♂️ #obvinotonpurp
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Have you ever realized that most of Jesus’ healings were healings of interruption? Meaning, he wasn’t going specifically to do that thing. He was actually headed somewhere else, got interrupted, and was so open to the Spirit’s prompting and leading that even God Himself was willing to be interrupted. Are you willing to be interrupted? It’s not a coincidence that one of the most frequent times heaven crashed down onto earth with incredible force and power, was when Jesus was willing to be interrupted. But so many of us, we see interruptions as curses. As a nuisance. As something to avoid at all costs. Why? Because Jesus isn’t our God, efficiency is. And all efficiency ever does is turn us humans into products. To squeeze out value and extort all possible meaning as simply a transaction for our benefit. But what would it look like to go about our day with purpose and vision (Jesus didn’t walk aimlessly) while simultaneously having our palms open to the sky ready to receive whatever Jesus has for us that day? I talk more about this concept in #tohellwiththehustle and actually dedicate an entire chapter on saying no, what to say yes to, how efficiency is killing us and dehumanizing us at the deepest levels and more. PS only few more days to preorder and get all the free things like lock screens, videos, and more. Just preorder anywhere (ebooks and audiobook included) and send us your receipt at link in profile or tohellwiththehustlebook.com to get all the goods! PSS what about you? How do you see interruptions in your day?
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Alyssa and I take Deuteronomy 6 pretty seriously. We are constantly looking for ways to put scripture and Jesus at the center of our house, or when we ‘wake up or when we lie down or writing them on our doorposts.’ And it’s interesting to me how it’s always the smallest things that tend to shape and mold and form you into the image of Jesus more and more each day. Like this fun little addition Alyssa just got. It’s a little book stand, that she put right to the right of our kitchen sink, so that when we are doing dishes or filling up for some water, scripture is right there and right in front of us to chew on for 20-30 seconds or more. And what it does isn’t usually mind altering or life changing in the moment, but it’s reshaping and reordering our desires and lives and minds one breadcrumb at a time. And if I’m learning anything lately it’s that Jesus is in the breadcrumbs. They add up. That’s where we are formed and that’s where we become the person we will be 5 years from now. What about you? How do you practice Deuteronomy 6 in your own life?
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So. Did you guys see the big news yesterday?! Family Teams is taking folks to Israel! And here’s the best part: it’s basically two trips in one. You’re going to get the normal amazing Israel tour and walked where Jesus walked, and see the scriptures come alive in the very world and area they originated. BUT, on top of that it’s also going to be centered on learning more about multi generational family teams, in the very place where that originated as well. We’ll spend time with orthodox Jewish families, messianic families, enjoy and observe a formal Shabbat dinner with a large family, learn about family teams in the land who have held land or businesses or lived as a team for hundreds of years. It’s going to be EPIC! But space is limited, especially on the June trip because it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper. So snag a spot and deposit when you can. Also tons of questions answered and more info at familyteams.com/Israel so head over there to check it out or link in my profile! Now who’s coming?! 🙋🏻‍♂️
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