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Counting it all Joy: Three Things to Remember About Suffering

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Tears. I flittered around a bit while considering what I should write about until one topic brought tears to my eyes. And that topic is tears. We look all around us and observe and experience sorrow. Why do we have trials when we pray for blessings? Is God is looking out for our best interests? When will all this suffering end? We all ask these questions when our lives seem to be covered with...

What Faithfulness Really is and How to Live it Out

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Faithfulness is an important part of our Christian lives. It’s one of the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5, and is a vital biblical concept. But what really is faithfulness? How do we live it out in our modern world? Faithfulness is so much more than many of us realize. It’s not just trusting in Christ, or having faith, although those are some of its main features. Being...

5 Ways To Pursue Excellence and Not Settle

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“Do you ever settle?” I asked myself the question and sighed. I know I do. All the time. Why do I always settle for less than my best? Why do I always do the easy thing? Unfortunately, I like to make excuses for doing less than my best. Or maybe I do what’s required of me, but I don’t put forth full effort. “Oh well, I can do it later,” or “Let me hurry up and get it over with,” are some of my...

Don’t Neglect Little Hard Things

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Do you dream about stepping out one day to do something really big? Me too. I don’t know about you, but I burst with excitement when I hear the phrase do hard things. As I think of going on a mission trip or running a marathon or publishing a book, a huge smile appears on my face. Yet God has not opened those doors for me right now. In one year, I’ll graduate from high school. I have to admit...

What to Remember When Life Takes a Detour

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“I should be there right now.” The thought crosses my mind for a moment before I refocus my attention on the task at hand: working on the rough draft of a scholarship application. I reject the rising tide of self-pity and disappointment that threatens to wash over my will. I will determine to do my best where I am. An Unexpected Detour During my first year of college, I invested my efforts...

What to do When You Don’t Desire God

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Lately, God has been teaching me about his character, especially his overwhelming faithfulness. I say overwhelming because every time I try to understand it I get…well, overwhelmed. It’s one of the craziest and most amazing things I’ve ever known. He’s also been teaching me about my character—especially my unfaithfulness to him. Distracted Again I have a tendency to get distracted...

Dear Tired Rebelutionary, Don’t Give Up

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I wake up at 7 am to a full sink of dishes and laundry overflowing. I groan and just want to go back to sleep. I don’t want to start a new day, don’t want to do the right thing. I just want to shut out the world. Can I take the easy way out? Sometimes it’s so much easier to turn away. Do you feel this way? When I first heard about The Rebelution and hopped on board, I was super excited. I loved...

You Are Not Behind In Life

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Have you ever felt like life was leaving you behind? We see so many stories of Rebelutionaries seeking after God, doing hard things, and changing the world. It’s amazing to see the work other young people are doing. Writing books. Graduating college early. Starting ministries. Starting businesses. All of those are good and beautiful and amazing, and we applaud and rejoice with each of them. But...

Doing Hard Things Amidst Exhaustion

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Let’s be clear at the outset: Doing hard things is hard. In fact, doing hard things is exhausting. In June, I spoke of doing some simple but hard things this summer (i.e. attending church, reading the Scriptures, and praying regularly). Let’s pause for a moment and assess as the school year draws nigh. Did you persist or coast, lean in or nod off? Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle of these...

When God’s Answer is Wait

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You’ve prayed. You’ve cried. You’ve hoped. And still the answer is wait. In those moments where it seems God’s only answer is wait, and there is no end in sight, what do you do? Why does it seem we so often receive that answer for things we so desperately long for? Why is it so hard to trust when God does say “not now, my child”? When we don’t receive the answers we so desperately wish, it is...

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