rebelling against low expectations

AuthorMaria Smith

is a 17 year old senior and aspiring actress eager to graduate high school. When she isn’t practicing her melodramatic monologues, she is listening to music, perfecting her tae kwon do skills, concocting a baked good, obsessively writing things in her planner, or hanging out with her best friend and brother, Robert. Her future dreams include sharing the love of Christ through theater and studying abroad in Europe.

11 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self


“Dear younger me, where do I start? If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far, then you could be one step ahead… ” (Dear Younger Me, Mercy Me) Over the years, we’ve all had our share of mistakes, experiences, and  victories that have taught us and grown us. How much simpler life might have been if we had known it all beforehand! Though time travel...

What Giving Up Comparison Taught Me About Following Jesus


“You don’t understand! Your life is perfect compared to mine! You wouldn’t understand.” “Ha! You think my life is perfect? Oh, no…” Comparison. That’s what it was. I was recently watching one of my favorite TV shows, and this scene eerily reminded me of a scene from my own life. I had believed someone else’s life was perfect.  I complained that their life was perfect. I compared, allowing myself...

Trusting God When Our Plans Get Messed Up


It was 9pm on Sunday night when I got the devastating email: Dear Maria,  Unfortunately, I am not able to offer you a part in this production. My stomach clenched and I felt like I was going to throw up.  I had worked on my audition piece for weeks. I had even gotten called back for the perfect part that I desperately wanted, the part that seemed to fit me so well.  I had been looking forward to...

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 →