If any one message has impacted our family, especially in the teen years it is the message of Do Hard Things (Alex & Brett Harris). The idea that teen years isn’t a time to party but rather a launching pad, a time to prepare for your life of serving God, or in fact you can start serving God today. This is in the face of a culture that sets low expectations on our young people.
The challenge is there to rise up and do hard things. Alex and Brett Harris identify five hard things:
- Things that take you outside of your comfort zone
- Things that go beyond what is expected or required
- Things that are too big for you to do alone
- Things that don’t pay off immediately
- Things that go against the crowd.
They also identify that in order to make your mark on the world you will need character, competence and collaboration. How true this is. How often we see a brilliant idea come crashing down because of a lack of one of these pillars.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy 4:12
Read more from Alex and Brett Harris on their website: The Rebelution
I am writing 31 days of Heart Conversations to document 31 important truths I want to make sure I pass onto my children. Is today’s topic something you want to talk to your kids about? Do it today! Your words may well be different than mine but these truths will shape our children’s lives forever.
Click here if you’d like to read the rest of my 31 Days series.
I am linking this series to 31 Days in October
The Rebelution’s message has always been on you and Dad’s hearts. But it always helps to have your heart’s cry cemented in words (both through the blog and the books) even if it is someone else who says it.
That’s right Jess – but they put it so well!
It is a great book that I’ve shared with a number of teens. Thanks for the reminder of this resource and mindset!