rebelling against low expectations

Do Hard Things: The National Bible Bee


Young people are pretty good at memorizing. We’ll memorize our favorite scenes from movies. We’ll memorize songs. We’ll memorize jokes. We’ll memorize tongue twisters. We’ll memorize lines for plays, information for quizzes, and speeches for competition. For most of us, memorization is not that hard and will never be easier.

But of all the things we have stored in our minds, readily available, far too little of it is Scripture. The verses we memorized as kids are crowded out of our minds by trivial “stuff.” Consistency, meditation, and dedication (the hard, little things) are lacking. Instead of the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” we have an empty scabbard. Movie lines an are a poor defense against temptation.

Nothing will better equip us to live as rebelutionaries than for “the word of God to dwell [us] richly” (Colossians 3:16). That’s why Brett and I are so excited about a new project we just found out about. The National Bible Bee is a first-of-its-kind annual competition that challenges young people — age 7 to 18 — to make a passionate commitment to Scripture memory and Bible knowledge.

The National Bible Bee already has almost 350 officially registered Local Bible Bees in 49 of the 50 states — and over 6,000 enrolled contestants and counting! The top contestants from around the country in each age group will advance to the national contest at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. — and unlike most other competitions, there really are no losers in this Bible-focused event.

Visit the official website to find and register for a Local Bible Bee competition near you. The deadline for enrollment is April 30th — just 12 days away!

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About the author

Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.

rebelling against low expectations

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