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Look Up: Three Ways to Respond to Stress This Semester

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When was the last time you looked up at the sky? No, really. Think about it. When did you last stop what you were doing to tilt your head, gaze up, and admire wisps of clouds or an array of stars? How about the last time you said “hello” to a stranger or started a conversation with someone you didn’t know? If your answer is “not much lately” or “maybe sometime last summer” or “I just haven’t”...

Are You Grateful for Today?

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Editor’s Note: Throughout the years, TheReb has published thousands of articles, each challenging and encouraging Rebelutionaries to do hard things and seek God. But among these posts, some have especially resonated with you, our readers. So over the next few weeks and months, we’re bringing back these classics, reposting our most popular and well-read articles every Thursday. May they encourage...

Try Something That Scares You

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I’ve always feared caring for small children. Obviously, small children are not inherently scary, but I have never had any practice in caregiving. I started volunteering in the elementary children’s church when I was twelve years old, and I stayed with that age group for years because that’s where I was always needed. Thus, I never got any practice caring for smaller children. Of course, I...

The Real Problem with Self-Love

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Self-love. I’ve recently noticed a movement focused on this topic of “self-love.” The basic idea seems to be to encourage ourselves to take care of our bodies, to take time to exercise, or eat healthy, or relax, or whatever it may be that our body needs. Taking care of ourselves, I have no problem with. It’s good for people to see the need to care for their own body and...

Why Jesus Calls Us to Reach Out to People with Disabilities

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Have you seen someone in a wheelchair today? Or someone who kept bobbing their head while flicking their hands without speaking? You probably haven’t. If you’re like most people, you didn’t notice them. Who are these individuals? They are people with developmental and cognitive disabilities. I don’t blame you for not noticing them. Most don’t. Who Have You Overlooked? It might be because you were...

Why You Need To Stop Fighting Temptation

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Editor’s Note: Throughout the years, TheReb has published thousands of articles, each challenging and encouraging Rebelutionaries to do hard things and seek God. But among these posts, some have especially resonated with you, our readers. So over the next few weeks and months, we’re bringing back these classics, reposting our most popular and well-read articles every Thursday. May they encourage...

Why We Should Stop Asking God to Reveal it All

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“God, please tell me everything I need to do. I’d feel so much better if I knew what your plans were.” Does that sound familiar to you? Have you ever wished to know what God’s plans are and what you need to do in the future? I have, and many times I’ve wished that he would reveal more than just the “next step.” However, moving and writing has taught me...

4 Ways to Control Your Phone Before Your Phone Controls You

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What is it about vacations that make them so wonderful? Depending on who you are probably determines your favorite vacation, but I think we love them so much because we crave rest. We crave a break from our normal routine. My vacation was extra sweet this summer. Not because I got to read three books in one week (what a dream!), but because I left my phone in my room and took a week long hiatus...

3 Real Life Rebelutionaries (And What They’ve Taught Me)

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I was born into a culture that coddles teenagers, so I forget that many of the people God used for his purposes were my age. Daniel was a youth when Nebuchadnezzar captured him. His three friends–Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego–were likely teenagers when they refused to exalt the king’s idol. I’m eighteen and I’ve never been kidnapped. I’ve never been forced to defy my God. I’ve never...

3 Reasons You Can Stop Beating Yourself Up

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“You’re too hard on yourself.” I’ve heard this so often that after a while I took a strange kind of pride in it. Such perfectionist tendencies must be good, I thought, and surely this is much better than the other extreme. Unfortunately my obsessive compulsive perfectionism spilled over into my spiritual life, with very bad consequences. Only last year did I start to realize how much pressure I...

rebelling against low expectations

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