rebelling against low expectations

AuthorSara Barratt

is an 19-year-old speaker and author. Her first book, Love Riot: A Teenage Call To Live With Relentless Abandon For Christ releases from Baker Books in May 2020. Along with her work on The Rebelution, she also contributes to websites like The Gospel Coalition and Girl Defined. Connect with her on her website

Satan Wants You to Be Distracted


Every day, I’m in a battle. My enemy? The world. The prize? My time. My attention. My loyalties. And most valuable of all, my heart. My foe is cunning and crafty with many tried and true weapons at his disposal. His favorites— stress, conflict, busyness, social media, peer pressure. Each of these he knows well and wields skillfully. He also knows he doesn’t need to attack with all of them at once...

Three Reasons to Choose Forgiveness Instead of Bitterness


She’s just so perfect. The thought ran through my mind as I scrolled through my friend’s Facebook page. She’s so pretty. So smart. So godly and wise. On her way to such a great career. Can’t she ever just seem normal? But, in spite of all that perfection, this friend hurt me. She initiated our relationship, but then didn’t contact me for months, and wouldn’t respond to my efforts to reach out...

Christianity Is Relationship, Not Just Rules


“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:…to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” — James 1:27 Have you ever wondered what it means to keep ourselves unspotted from the world? I do, all the time. How do we live in the world, yet not be of the world? Is it a list of rules? A kind of behavior?  Certain “do’s or don’ts”? Some Christians seem to believe so. They have an...

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done is Suffer Faithfully


The hardest thing I’ve ever done probably isn’t what you expect. In fact, it wasn’t doing anything. And it was not doing something that was so hard. The question I had to answer was: how do you respond when you can’t do the things you think God has called you to do? Stopped by Tendinitis Earlier this spring, I developed tendinitis in both my arms from doing two things I loved – playing the piano...

Christmas Is Not About Perfection


Have you ever felt cheated out of Christmas? Let me explain. We build this holiday up in our minds. Create an ideal—the way it’s “supposed to be.” There’s all the decorations, lights, cookies and carols, snow outside and steaming hot chocolate. The love, joy, peace and goodwill to all men. It’s so perfect and beautiful, and it’s what we all want. But real life falls short. Way, way short. Oh...

5 Ways You Can Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery


Slavery. We embraced it. We tolerated it. We despised it. We fought for it—and against it. Eventually we abolished it. But, what many refuse to realize, is that it still exists. Even in a country that proclaims freedom. January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Were you aware? I wasn’t. I’m more likely to be aware of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Why is that? Why do we close...

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 →