It’s been a long time since I’ve conducted an interview with one of my friends to post on the blog, so I am thrilled to present to you a new Pathos feature with my good friend and fellow second cook Adam Beckmeyer. He warned me when he sent me his answers that he does a lot of rambling and derailing and gave me permission to edit him, but those rabbit trails are part of what makes him who he is (and many of them are quite convicting), so I’m posting the unvarnished, uncensored interview for your enjoyment. Good stuff after the jump!
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Robert Wallace is my next door neighbor in the dorm I call home, and he is both a talented musician and bold-hearted lover of Christ. Find out how he would change the world – and maybe accidentally destroy it – in this week’s Pathos interview.
The Author’s Apprentice: What is your greatest passion? How are you using that?
Robert Wallace: This question plagues me often. At first glance I would say music, but this does not cover it. I really want to use music as a tool to encourage and exhort. Lots of my friends at Moody Bible Institute surpass me in musicality. Though few of them share my same passion to specifically direct it towards uplifting believers and travel extensively while doing it. Adventure paces in my heart. I cannot put it to sleep. So perhaps I will eventually search out the far-forgotten places of this country. If not I’ll settle down with my wife and have 20 children or so – that would be an adventure!
TAA: If everyone in the world gathered around to hear you speak for five minutes, what would you tell them?
RW: They would not understand me. If they did, I would tell them all to jump at the same time – just to see what would happen. On a more serious note, I would exclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them!
TAA: If it was up to you to change the world, how would you go about it?
RW: I would help plant a church movement in Chicago that would multiply itself every 2-3 years. I would help plant a church next to every stop on the “L”. After that, I would do the same in every other “Alpha” city in the world. (http://northshorecrossing.org/)
TAA: Who are your heroes? Why do they inspire you?
RW: Systematically I have heroes and then see how flawed they are in some aspect of their character. The greatest example of this is electric bass virtuoso, Victor Wooten; incredible player, amazing talent, horrible spiritual ideas.
However, probably the most continuing “hero” that I have (besides Christ) would be a friend of mine from high school, Nate. He is four years older than me. Seeming to possess all the creative juices the human race has in one body, he taught me a lot about music philosophy and how to be cool in general.
TAA: What is your favorite thing about being a student at Moody? The biggest challenge?
RW: Favorite thing about Moody – the intense classes.
Least favorite thing – the intense classes.
TAA: How can the readers of The Author’s Apprentice pray for you?
RW: Pray that I would learn to manage my time in a God respecting way and that I can encourage those around me.
Earlier this week, my friend Adam Swensen interviewed me for a post on his blog, The Next Generation, the first in his new weekly series called “Fire-starters”. I really caught onto his vision for the series, and with his permission I’ve decided to start a similar series of weekly posts here on The Author’s Apprentice called “Pathos” (Greek for “passion”) featuring interviews with Christians who want to be used by God in big ways. This week, I interviewed none other than Adam Swensen, a teenager who is incredibly passionate about God, people, and justice.
The Author’s Apprentice: If you only had one day left to live, what would you do and why?
Adam Swensen: I think I would put out a blog and vlog stating my situation. I would tell everyone I could that I love them. I would definitely hang out with my family. I would pass on my blog to someone to continue writing. I would definitely make sure everyone knows that I love them.
TAA: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
AS: I would definitely become friends with homeless people, former slaves, kids that think about suicide, and the kids with no friends. I really can’t say that I have one way I want to change the world, but I would like to begin speaking and seeing our generation rise!
TAA: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
AS: I would definitely change my habit of procrastinating and wasting time. Time wasting and procrastination are my worst enemies. I wish I was more organized. I have begun in the process of changing those things… lemme tell you, it is tough!
TAA: Who are your heroes and what about them inspires you?
AS: Zach Hunter and E.J. Swanson are my heroes. When Zach was 12, he became aware that there are still slaves – 27 million to be exact. Well he didn’t just sit and weep for those 27 million. He went out and did something. Through the course of events, he became the global spokesperson for Amazing Change, an organization founded through the movie Amazing Grace. He started a student campaign called Loose Change to Loosen Chains. It is student-run, and exists as a money raiser for organizations fighting slavery. He has written 3 books (his first one when he was 15) and he is still a teen! That in itself is inspirational. He did all those things that ADULTS are doing, and he is just a teen! He is evidence God will use us if we are open to it.
E.J. Swanson is my adult hero. He is a nationally known speaker. He has shared the stage with Big Daddy Weave, David Crowder Band, and many more and he is only 26! The way he invests in teens is exactly how I want to. He is very inspiring and encourages teens to do big things!
TAA: What do you want your life and ministry to look like in 5 years? 15 years? At the end of your life? What are you doing today to bring that about?
AS: In five years, I would like to have started speaking in churches all over and be used by God to MOVE my generation. In 15 years, I would like to see myself as a known author of several books, still glorifying God, and still being used by him! At the end of my life I want to be able to look back and KNOW I was used by God. As of right now, I am writing blogs, preaching whenever I can, and investing what I can into others.
TAA: What is your passion?
AS: My passion is to be used by the BIG God we have! When I die, I want to die KNOWING I stood for something, and I want people to see that!
TAA: What makes you angry?
AS: Social injustices make me angry. Whether it is unfairness at work, a guy disrespecting a girl, bullying, or slavery! I was born a sensitive person and can’t stand to see people go through stuff that is not right.
TAA: If everyone in the world gathered together to listen to you speak for five minutes, what would you say to them?
AS: I would tell the Christians to MOVE! I would tell them that we have the same power that rose Christ from the dead, we just need to use it! When we learn to use it, our lives will begin to be lived as more of what Christ lived! For the unbelievers, I would tell them they are loved and that there is a God who can’t stand for them to live without seeing Him! I would tell them that HE IS THEIR HOPE and nothing else will satisfy! I would hope that the Christians would also take that to heart. I am seeing more and more Christians falling in to sex, drugs, and alcohol. WE HAVE THE LOVE OF GOD IN US! He should and can satisfy us alone!
TAA: How can we pray for you?
AS: You can pray for me that I would be used by God and that I would be open to His will. I need direction as to what to do after high school. I also need prayer for the elimination of my time wasting and procrastination habits!