rebelling against low expectations

AuthorRachel Ward

is a teen girl who hopes to encourage other teens through her writing to be productive and effective, to love and serve others, and to love God. Rachel loves sunny days, the feeling after a good run, and making LOTS of schedules and lists. She hopes that you will feel at home when reading her writing and that you will leave feeling inspired and encouraged. Rachel blogs over at https://joyfulcreationsblog.wordpress.com/.

Pridefulness: The Secret Sin Stealing Your Joy

P

This pandemic severed our social lives, and many teens are turning to social media to fill some emptiness. As we scroll through happy pictures, jealousy creeps into our minds before we can stop it. Looking at huge successes of other bloggers can turn my happy attitude into discouragement as I look at my blog stats. God blessed me with so much, but if I’m honest, I find comparison and covetousness...

What Does Glorifying God Really Mean?

W

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). When you do something, who’s getting the glory? When people watch your actions and listen to your words, is their admiration directed towards you or to your Heavenly Father? “All the glory to God.” I speak, read, and pray these words often. Since God has saved us, what can...

Do Hard Things Community

It’s Okay to Have an Imperfect Family

I

I was upset. We had always been the family getting compliments, the little kids receiving smiles for our good behavior in the grocery store. Now my little brother was throwing a fit, and my mom was punishing him in public. This time we only received disapproving glances and stares. This was not the kind of attention I liked. Nobody’s perfect, but I thought we were “pretty good.” No family goes...

God Doesn’t Need You To “Just Try Harder”

G

“Dear God, help me keep this attitude. I’m not feeling this way on my own.” I was sitting in the car and turning over the question in my head: How do I balance romantic dreams with contentment in God’s will? I was not thinking of a specific relationship, but in that moment I decided, nonetheless, that I would be content with whatever God had for me in the future. Yes, I was only a young...

What Running Track Taught Me About Humility

W

My feet pounded the track, and I was out of breath. I was struggling, pushing hard…and then someone lapped me. Track is hard. I’ll be honest with you and tell you I was not a runner when I joined the middle school track team last spring. I got 16th place in a mile race with only 16 runners, and I was lapped quite often. I tried hard, but I was frequently discouraged. Still, I’m thankful...

Do Hard Things Community
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 →

Resources