rebelling against low expectations

100 Hard Things Quarantine Style (and other news)


In Case You Missed It

#1 Over the weekend, The Rebelution released two video readings from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on our Do Hard Things Facebook page in celebration of Easter.

#2 We published an article asking the question HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO DISAPPOINTMENT? by Michael Longerbeam

#3 And, one of our writers, Elizabeth Davis has published an excellent piece on FIGHTING DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN THE MIDST OF COVID-19

Elizabeth writes:

“Most people battling a mental illness (actually, all of us) spend a lot of time listening to themselves.

You take note about how you feel. You listen to those thoughts that spiral you into a panic attack or into that dark place. You hear the lies and repeat them to yourself.

You list off all of the things in your life that are bringing stress and worry. You go down the rabbit hole of fear and can’t find your way back. You repeat bad scenarios in your head. You lament about your life and your appearance.

You listen and let them consume you.

There is a way out of this–and it is imperative that we start practicing this in the midst of such a trying time.

We must start talking to ourselves instead of listening to ourselves.”

Good News

A 16-year-old Pilot Is Flying Medical Supplies to Rural Hospitals in Virginia

With new time on his hand due to stay-at-home orders, 16-year-old T.J. Kim from McLean, Virgina, brainstormed with his family a new idea to help “critical access” hospitals–an idea they’ve termed “Operation SOS” (Supplies Over Skies). The 16 year old said the goal is to make deliveries to rural hospitals all over Virginia.

Deliveries like a recent flight they made carrying 3,000 gloves, 1,000 head covers, 500 shoe covers, 50 non-surgical masks, 20 pairs of protective eyewear and 10 concentrated bottles of hand sanitizer to help supply a hospital (Associated Press).

Sidewalk notes bring smiles to hospital staff during virus

Some mysterious side-walk artist has been encouraging medical personnel while they walk to and from the hospital. They’ve written messages with chalk on the concrete, such as “If you’re just arriving, thank you for what you’re about to do” and “You are extraordinary.” It’s a nice, simple way to encourage those who are on the front lines of fighting the virus.

“100 Hard Things During COVID-19″

We think it’s fantastic to see young people like T.J. Kim and Ashley Lawrence using their talents to help people in need and we thought it would be cool to see other ways young people are helping out and doing hard things during COVID-19.

In fact, we’d like to do a fun call-back from The Rebelution‘s old days by recreating a list of 100 ways you guys (or people you know) are helping and serving those around you or ways you are challenging yourselves to do hard things while being “stuck at home.”

Once we’ve gathered the list, we can publish it as a challenge to Rebelutionaries everywhere to keep doing hard things, even during the strangeness of COVID-19.

It doesn’t have to be something that would get spread across the news like T.J. and Ashley did–it could be something small and simple that only you know about or is difficult for you in your specific situation.

It could be a way you served an elderly friend or a way you blessed a neighbor. Or, it could be something personal–a way you’re challenging yourself to stay disciplined or active or productive or encouraged during the quarantine.

I think it could be fun seeing what everyone is doing! So, if you want to participate, drop us a comment below!

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Christopher Witmer

is the 24-year-old Editor-in-Chief for Originally from Northern Minnesota, he lives with his family in Los Angeles where they moved to plant inner-city churches. He loves sports, travel, and music, but his passion is writing for God and lifting high the name of Jesus through his writing.

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