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Am I Behind in Life? When Your Peers Seem Ahead of You

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My family and I were headed to an American Heritage Girls’ scouting camp out for my younger sisters. As we were driving, I scrolled through Instagram. A coworker (who is the same age as me) posted pictures of her and her husband vacationing in Nashville. It looked like they were having a great time! As my family drove through the desert, my thoughts wandered to my dear friend who I’d been...

Daniel’s Secret to Successfully Doing Hard Things

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Daniel was a man of obstinate integrity. A rebel at heart, he dared to defy one of the most powerful empires in history in a successful effort to obey God. Though Daniel was just a youth when brought as captive from Israel to serve in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, he understood the invaluable importance of living a holy life despite the moral deterioration of his pagan surroundings and even that of...

Doing the Right Thing…Even When You’re In Over Your Head: The Unlikely Story of Varian Fry

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“I’m not right for the job. All I know about being a secret agent or trying to outsmart the Gestapo is what I’ve seen in the movies. But if you can’t find anyone else, I’ll go.” These were the words of Varian Fry, a courageous American man who lived during World War II.  Along with a team of several men and women, he saved the lives of between 2,000-3,000 people facing certain death at the hands...

14 Years of Doing Hard Things with Alex and Brett Harris

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14 years after Do Hard Things released, hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted and yet the movement is still going strong. Join our host Sara Barratt as she chats with Alex and Brett Harris on how their lives have changed since they started this rebelutionary movement, what they’d change in Do Hard Things if they could, and the one piece of advice they want to give every teenager...

Stop Filling in Your Planners Like You Control Everything

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My schedules and planners say I want to know my future. Don’t we all? We want to know what’s going to go on. We want to know what we are supposed to accomplish. What should I do once I graduate? What friends should I hang out with this week? Should I pursue a writing career, or an engineering one? Should I accept this job in Colorado, or move with my family to Florida? Should I begin this new...

A Letter From the Editor-In-Chief

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I still remember submitting my very first article to The Rebelution. I was 16 and had started writing less than a year before. I sat in front of the computer, obsessively re-reading every word and staring nervously at the “send” button. I was positive it would be rejected. Absolutely positive. I nearly started screaming when I received the response: “We’d love to publish this!” That moment...

Live Like You Remember: A Teen’s Thoughts on Memorial Day

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My earliest memory of celebrating Memorial Day is attending a parade at seven years old, waving my flag and cheering wildly when my favorite fire truck honked at me. I understood that freedom was not free, I promise you that. The depth of that truth and the full meaning of the holiday, however, did not cross my mind. That’s how it’s supposed to be when you’re seven years old. Reverent and...

So Others May Live: What We Can Learn About Courage from WWII

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How do you live willing to die? What makes you decide that the lives of others are worth risking your own over and over again? These are questions I was forced to ask myself after watching a movie which depicted WWII. The film told the story of a man who disguised himself as a Nazi officer in order to save hundreds of Jewish lives in Hungary. And, when I came away from the movie, it left me with...

Don’t Put Down Your Sword: Finding Strength and Persistence for the Battles of Life

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Eleazer stared at the field strewn with dead bodies, wounded men, and broken weapons. The battle was over. Finally, he could rest. He turned to trudge off the battlefield and suddenly realized he was still gripping his sword. He tried to let go, but to his shock, he couldn’t pry his fingers loose. He looked down at the sword firmly stuck in his grip. He’d fought so long and so hard his weapon had...

When You Step Out, Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

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The waves rose higher, beating against the boat. Wind whipped around them, stirring up the surface of the sea and tossing them back and forth. They strained against the waves, but it wasn’t any use. Suddenly, on the horizon, a figure emerged. Fear gripped their hearts . . . Does this story sound familiar? Most of you have probably read it first in the book of Matthew. “But the boat by this time...

rebelling against low expectations

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