The synopsis of the book is pretty much summed up in its title. The authors are challenging teenagers today to participate in a “rebelution,” or rebellion against low expectations. It points out that God created youth with the ability to do MUCH more than is expected of them by society today. Among the many scriptures quoted throughout the book, the one that really got my attention was 1 Timothy 4.12: “No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (HCSB) Not only is the point behind this book absolutely true, but I think it’s something we all need to hear today, not just teenagers.
Why have teenagers become a bunch of “slackers” for the most part in our current society? It’s what we expect of them! Why should they choose to do anything more than rise to the expectations of those they look up to? Parents, teachers, church leaders, etc. have all been working for the past 30-40 years under the assumption that teenagers don’t do much more than homework (if we’re lucky), go to the mall, talk on the phone, and eat like crazy. Honestly, teenagers are among the most able-bodied people alive! How can we lower our expectations to such a degree that we think they’re only capable of wasting our monthly minutes and emptying our cupboards…and occasionally doing tasks as menial as mowing the lawn or filling the dishwasher? Every great revival for the past several centuries has begun amongst young people! They are capable of so much more!
Take, for example, Alex and Brett, the authors of this book. Did I mention they are only 19? Did I also mention that they have already accomplished a lot more than just writing a book? They started a blog which has attracted teenagers from around the world, did an internship for the Alabama State Supreme Court, and ran a campaign for an Alabama judge…before they were 18 years old!
While reading this book, I also found a spark of energy I thought I’d lost. Lately, I’ve simply found myself trudging through my job, just trying to get from one day to the next. While reading this book, however, I found myself thinking about how much better I could be doing. I found myself challenged to rise to the hard parts of my job and not just “get by” from day to day. I found myself wanting to do the best I could, even the difficult, mundane parts of my job, so I could bring glory and honor to God with the temple He’s given me (see 1 Corinthians 3.16-17).
If you haven’t read Do Hard Things yet, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and read it. If you actually listen to what the authors are saying, you will be amazed at how it will positively impact your life, and ultimately, your relationship with God.