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Follow God, Not a Life Plan

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What is God’s plan for my life? I believe that is a question every teen has asked him or herself. What does God want me to do? This job or that job? Should I go to college? Yes? No? What should I study? The decisions a teen has to make can seem overwhelming. In the time we are living in there are a seemingly unending amount of offers. University. Gap year. Online courses. If you think about it...

Face Your Hard Things Head On

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Life is hard. It doesn’t take anyone long to figure that out. We all face things that sometimes make us want to disappear and not face reality for a long time. But the truth is that there will always be things we can’t get away from. It is our choice what we will do with those difficult situations. Keep Your Head Up. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes...

What Success Really Looks Like

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“10 easy steps to fame.” “How to make your post go viral.” “Top tips to make your name known.” Messages like this bombard us constantly. We’ve all heard how to be successful. How to make your music known. How to write and publish a bestseller. The world tells us we must be known. We must leave a mark with our name written all over it. This is the secular philosophy of our world, but it doesn’t...

It’s Okay to Have an Imperfect Family

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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...

When Hard Things Hurt, Remember Jesus Still Rules

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The rain was pouring on the other side of the car door. I could hear the lightning crack. I could also hear my parents and sister nervously talking. In the flashes of light from the street lamps that lined the major road we were driving, I wrote three names on my wrist. Three names, three kids. My life would never be the same. In February of 2018, my family began taking classes to be licensed as...

4 Ways to Stay Thankful in a Consumeristic Society

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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...

Be Kind in Our Cruel World

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A couple years ago, I attended a friend’s laser tag birthday party. The venue was packed and chaotic. Over the course of playing many rounds of laser tag, I was astounded by how disrespectful most of the participants were to the employees. At the end of a round, I mentioned to one of the employees how chaotic the place was and how difficult it must be to work there. I was shocked and heartbroken...

Teens—Two Perspectives (A Poem)

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Editor’s Note: The world has a very different perspective of teenagers than we do here at TheReb. Instead of expecting us to do hard things, the world has low expectations. Instead of expecting us to follow Christ, the world expects rebellion. This poem reveals both perspectives. Read it both ways to see the dramatic difference. I have no hope It would be stupid to say That my generation...

Join the Launch Team for The Reb’s New Book!

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Hey, Rebelutionaries! Have you heard the news? The Rebelution has a new book for teens coming out next May! Our lead editor Sara Barratt’s book, Love Riot: A Teenage Call to Live With Relentless Abandon for Christ releases from Baker Books in May 2020. We’re so excited for Sara and can’t wait to share it with you all! But in the meantime, we need your help! Are you a teenager who loves books? Or...

This is How We Change the World

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Cowering behind a register in my dull teal Food Lion uniform, I feel like I’m failing pretty miserably at changing the world. I see a dad telling his five-year-old daughter it’s okay to be sad, then he starts crying as he explains their dog died that day and my own eyes start to burn. I see white-haired ladies struggling to lift their groceries out of the cart and some of them tell me about the...

rebelling against low expectations

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