rebelling against low expectations


Don’t Be Afraid of Falling


Shasta felt like he was dreaming. For as long as he could remember, he had always had an odd longing to go to the north. Beyond the small grassy hill that marked the border of his little world, curiosity called to him. He could never explain why, but he wanted to go there desperately. And now, here he was, saddling a friendly, talking horse named Bree, soon to run away with him “to Narnia and the...

Breathing Under Water: Trust In the Messiness of Life


It’s easy for me to sit here and say I’ll follow God, and be willing to give it all for him. But when the rubber hits the road, it’s incredibly hard. Life is messy. We don’t live in a neat little world, where if something goes wrong, we can just move on, forget, heal, and all our problems eventually fade away. This is real life. One thing is crucial for those who are suffering right now to...

What If My Efforts Are Worthless?


A destructive, sneaky lie has been echoing in my head for days. Maybe you’ve heard it too. “Everything I do is worthless.” I’ve believed all my efforts–writing, piano, you name it–are garbage. Junk that deserves to be tossed out on the curb and thrown in a landfill. But, the truth is: my efforts aren’t worthless trash, and neither are yours. If you gave 100...

Why You Can Stop Freaking Out Over the Future


Folding laundry one day, a wave of panic over my future hit me. With high school graduation fast approaching, major transitions and decisions loomed. I desperately wished I could see my future path neatly laid out in front of me. In the middle of my panic, I felt God impress upon me, “Just worry about the next step. Then once you reach that, think about the step after.” This thought stopped me...

5 Things I Learned About Real Faith


I was fourteen when God taught me a thing or two about real faith. It was a few months after I’d been baptised; my relationship with Him was growing and I was regularly aware of his presence in my life. I felt close to him. The change was so gradual I didn’t notice it at first. But one day I realised: I do devotions daily, but I don’t get much out of it anymore. And I can’t feel the Lord near me...

Truth in the Face of National Tragedy


Valentine’s Day was stained with blood. The first thing I saw when I logged into Twitter was the words “school shooting” and “Florida” used in the same sentence. My first, selfish thought was, Where? Near here? And then, Oh no. Not again. Our collective hearts are heavy, not only with the news of this tragedy, but with the weight of similar horrors that seem to come on each other’s heels...

Stop Obsessing Over Tomorrow


Usually, December is my absolute favorite month. I love the decorations, families getting together, seeing friends, and traveling to camp. Naturally, I look forward to this season every year; but this time I had been daydreaming about it since March. I had a concrete plan, (some events were polished down to the hour!) but God had something very different in mind. On November 26th, Honduras voted...

How to Overcome Your Fear of Sharing the Gospel


I sweated at a table in the middle of Starbucks. The previous week, I had agreed to study the Bible with a customer, but now here he was with someone I didn’t know. They came to the table and the customer introduced me to his friend, Diego. “Yo, dog. So good to meet another believer!” he said, pulling me in for a hug. “Do not make eye contact,” I repeated to myself, avoiding my...

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 →