rebelling against low expectations

AuthorAlathia Hayes

is a graciously forgiven college sophomore whose broken soul has been mended by the Author of life. She has a passion for helping children and other teens know how much they are loved. When she’s not studying, you will likely find her playing piano, sipping on a cup of coffee, perusing local used book shops, or participating in an epic round of Mario Kart with her brothers.

3 Truths for the Hard Days


Life is hard. Although “hard” is relative and looks different for everyone, this is an inescapable truth to which we can all relate. Pain. Depression. Grief. Heartache. Anxiety. These are just a few of the things that can knock us down, hold our attention, instill fear, and test our faith. There are real reasons to hurt. We as Christians should never minimize that. But friend, there...

Christian, You Need the Church


Independence is championed in modern culture. Being self-sufficient is seen as the ultimate goal of success. We’re pushed to rely on ourselves and make decisions based on our own good and preservation. This has led to some major problems in life, because we were created by God for community. Consequently, I have noticed a general trend among young people. They’re searching for...

Why We Must Worship God Amidst our Pain


Pain is a recurring theme in my life. That statement is not meant to garner pity, nor is it meant to add shock value to this particular article. In fact, I do not even consider it worth a special or unique pity. Pain is a commonality that all humans face. It is simply a part of life. Pain has been a more prominent part of my life since 2016, when I became ill with a nervous system disorder that...

4 Lies My Pain Tells Me


Lies are tricky things. They’re often disguised to us as truths or half-truths. Other times, they can be easy to call out as false. Some of the most sneaky lies I’ve seen myself believe recently all had one miserable catalyst … pain. When our feelings and emotions take a front row seat, lies rejoice. Pain has been a part of my daily life as I fight through a pain disorder that causes my nerves to...

Are You Grateful for Today?


Today I was endowed twenty-four hours as a gift from a loving creator. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. Whichever way you want to look at it, it’s a pretty generous gift. I then posed this question to myself. How did I spend it? Like many of the previous days, I spent my moments of today worrying about the past and lamenting the future. I spent it wishing away what I now can’t change. I spent it...

You Can’t Go Back, But You Can be Forgiven


“No matter how much or how badly you mess up, just keep playing!” These words were ingrained into my brain before every recital in which I’ve performed. When I play, my teacher knows I have the tendency to back up and right whatever notes I might have played wrong. No matter how hard I tried to keep going, my brain could only process the horrid, discordant sounds my hands had just produced...

What Every Camper (And Camp Worker) Needs to Know This Summer


The air is growing heavy with humidity, the mosquitoes are biting, and the glaring sun is making temperatures soar… at least, where I live. This is an exciting precursor to anyone who has ever been to (or worked at) a summer camp before. Fun is just around the corner, right? If you have been at a camp in the past, you know it isn’t all rosy fun and kickball games. Camp provides...

Life Is a Gift, So Start Living Like It


There are days where all I want to do is curl up in a dark corner, cower in defeat, and lament my life. Nothing goes the way I think I deserve it should go. Whether in my family, relationships, at my work, or in my heart, my focus becomes misplaced and I begin pitying myself because life is not all it was once cracked up to be. Life hurts. I know. But I’ve been learning some pretty...

3 Reasons You Can Smile Today


Life is hard. You know it, and I know it. Circumstances can be painful, relationships can be messy, and sometimes our hearts simply grow exhausted. Christian, I want to encourage you today. Are you going through something that feels too big to handle? Are you depressed and waiting for your dormant soul to awaken? Are you discontent with where God has you in life right now? If those ideas sound...

3 Reasons God Gives You More Than You Can Handle


“God won’t give you more than you can handle.” It’s one of those well loved and, in my opinion, overused, cliche phrases of Christianity. When we think critically, this phrase can raise a lot of important questions. Where did this idea come from? Why does it sound so nice to our ears? Most importantly, is it even biblical? I’ve come to the conclusion that this...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →