Archive for the ‘Doing Hard Things and The Rebelution’ Category

Do Hard Things: The Book

April 15, 2008

I can’t be more thrilled. I’ve been waiting for this book for about a year. I’ve been waiting for a book like this for much longer.

Do Hard Things was released today. Since I preordered it, it shipped yesterday and is coming tomorrow! I can’t tell you how excited I am. This book carries a message that desperately needs to be heard throughout the Christian teenagers of this generation.

You can expect a reveiw very soon! I look forward to it so much, and hope to do it justice.

To learn more about Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, visit www.TheRebelution.com.

Bethany

Today is the book Bomb!

March 25, 2008

Do Hard Things - Amazon Book Bomb

Go pre-order your copy of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations!

Written by Alex and Brett Harris, this book carries a message the teenagers of this generation desperately need to hear.  Natasha and I have ordered our’s today. The goal is to spread the message further by getting it as high as we can on Amazon’s Top 100. It’s currently #25!

Soli Deo Gloria!

 ~~Bethany

Do Hard Things Book Bomb

March 12, 2008

Do Hard Things - Amazon Book Bomb

I couldn’t be more thrilled for Do Hard Things to come out! I plan on joining in. Do you?

What Do I Wear?????

January 18, 2008

The tile of this post is something I say nearly every day. And not only when I’m getting dressed. See, I am so stuck. Its all because of jeans. Well, skirts are to blame too. Because everyday the choice of which to wear is a dreadful battle!

It all started with Summer. In the summer, I wore skirts mostly every day. I also wore some very modest and feminine shorts as well as a cute pair of capris. The shorts were mostly worn when it would have been very incovenient to wear a skirt- like when I was on crutches for 3 weeks. (Though I did wear skirts than!) In the Summer wearing a skirt was not very odd; as it was warm out and many people were wearing skirts. Also, my summer time skirts are a lot more modern than my winter skirts.

Enter autumn. I was so stoked about “Winter Time Femininity”. Tights, long skirts, and lots of layers. But than I realized something. NO ONE at least in Southern California, wears skirts in the Winter. No one. I have gone looking, believe me! In 5 hours of being at Wal Mart, Target, the mall, and Whole Foods- I saw 2 people. And the worst of it is; no one at my church ever wears a skirt aside from Sunday mornings.

Yes, I’m whining. But this is a really big problem in my life! Every day. Do I wear a skirt? Do I wear pants?

I feel convicted personally that skirts are more modest than pants. I suppose the Lord has put this on my heart. It is definitly a hard thing. Its hard to be the only person wearing a skirt; particualrly when you are known as being strange. I feel much more comfortable in pants. I blend in. But we are to be a light to the world. A city on a hill.

I should wear skirts. No, not in a legalistic way, but in the spirit of “Do Hard Things”. I need to not fear man. Its okay to be dressed unlike others. It is fun to wear skirts. I do feel more like a Princess, a lady, and all the other wonderful things.

For those of you who wear skirts, how did you get used to being the only one? Any tips for not fearing man so much?

Why the Rebelution is Important to Me

January 10, 2008

These past few days I’ve been thinking about why the Rebelution is such a vital and important part of my life. If you’ve read anything on here you have likely seen the Rebelution mentioned many times. The message of “Do Hard Things” is very contrary to what everyone (particularly teens) is doing these days. However, that message is so important.

Why is it important?Because by following the  motto and mission of the Rebelution we can better bring glory to God- particularly in our teen years. Not only that, the Rebelution has helped me to pursue different projects that  I otherwise would have put off until I was older. In essence the Rebelution helps me to not waste my life.

Before finding the Rebelution I did not know a thing about using my time wisely or doing anything that may be hard for me. I wanted to be profitable- but I didn’t have any motivation or see a Biblical reason to do so. Now that I am a Rebelutionary, I not only have plenty of motivation; I am also connected with others who are striving to do the same thing.

That’s another beautiful thing about the Rebelution. When talking to and discussing things wiht other members I am reminded that I am not in it alone. There are many others fighting the same battles; battles that most teens I know aren’t fighting.

So, if you ever are wondering why we mention the Rebelution so much, its because of this; along with  many other reasons. The Rebelution helps us fight the good fight and walk in a matter worthy of our calling.

One Hard Thing Done Right…

January 8, 2008

One hard thing done right is much better than a whole list of hard things done wrong.

For instance, say one of the things that is hard for you is getting your English homework done. But, if you get every last bit of English homework done perfect; yet during that process you yell at everyone in the house, slam the door on your little brother, and kick the dog- what’s the value left in your hard thing? By that time you’ve sinned in multiple ways. Does your accomplishment mean any thing if you had to sacrifice relationships to get it done?

I began thinking about this yesterday evening. By the grace of God, I accomplished a lot yesterday. However, some time was “wasted” by an impromptu shopping trip, and we had a family Bible study when I was planning to do some Spanish work. In my mind, both those things were an interuption.

But when I broke it down, those two things- shopping with mom and Bible study- were much more important than anything else I had got done that day. No, they were not “hard things”, but the time spent with my mom in talking and shopping was much more valuable than the 5 pages of Geometry I got done. (And a side note: If I grow up and become a wife and mother, my knowledge of getting healthy food/good deals will be much more useful to me than my knowledge of alternate exterior angles.) And studying the Bible with my family is infinitly more valuable than anything I could be doing.

So I encourage you: put what’s truly important first. For some of you, building good relationships with your family is one of your main hard things. If that’s your case, don’t feel guilty about time spent with them; helping them; talking to them. Yes, repent of time wasted doing other things, but put relationships first.

After all, what’s the use of being a champion of hard things if your all alone because of your attitude?

-Natasha

It’s all fine and dandy but…

January 7, 2008

This week is a semi-busy week. For the next two days, all I am doing is Algebra and Biology. Don’t get me wrong– I love God’s creation and the way His creativity is shown throughout both subjects. But it doesn’t really… click.

I’m a creative thinker. I understand that which is logical and enjoy thinking of these things as puzzles. That’s the way I think. But my mind isn’t trained to understand the tiny little itty bitty bits of a chemical (chemistry in a biology book. Anyone care to explain?) or how many wonderful numbers and letters and signs and this and that can create 1 or more answers. Yes. I’m a right brained thinker (Fold you’re hands like your praying. Then look at which thumb is on the bottom. If it’s left, you’re a left brained logical thinker. If it’s right, you’re a right brained creative thinker).

As I was typing the first paragraph, I almost wrote something like, “My brain just doesn’t work that way!” But, God uses many things to humble. My minds quickly averted to this article written by one of the brothers. The following was the part which was the most convicting for me:

I constantly hear fellow young adults say things like, “You know, I did Algebra 1/2, but I’m just not a math person,” or “I’m a terrible speller, my brain just doesn’t work that way.” I’ve had other teens tell me, “I’m just a quiet person. I don’t like communicating much,” and “I’m such a compulsive shopper. If I see something I like I can’t help but buy it.” Or what about, “I’m just such a blonde!”

While I don’t doubt that many teens find math, spelling, communication, self-control and intelligence incredibly difficult, I find it very hard to accept that these difficulties should begin to define their personhood.

We would think it was crazy if a toddler said, “You know, I tried to get potty-trained, but I’m just not a toilet person.” But we sympathize with a fellow teenager who says that he’s “just not a people person.”

If a young child said, “I tried tying my own shoes, but my brain just doesn’t work that way,” we wouldn’t say, “That’s alright Johnny, we’ll just have someone else do it for you for the rest of your life.” But if we have trouble spelling we say, “It’s alright, I’ll just make sure I always use the spell checker.”

The fact is that as we get older we begin defining our limitations as what comes easily to us – and our rate of growth in competence and character slows and falters.

Wow. That hits the target with precision and grace.

I would like to do huge hard things. Hard things which require a team of people, resources, and so much more than that. But I’m realizing that the hard things I need to be tackling before I begin on the huge ones are actually the hardest of all. These hard things include striving for excellence in the schoolwork which is difficult, loving my family, and speaking with kindness towards all. These things come before and are more important than outergreatness. If I am not magnifying God in the biggest areas of my life (school, family, and friends) then no other accomplishment has any worth.

Keep on keeping on, my dear bakery girls.

Bethany

A Seemingly Impossible Hard Thing

December 30, 2007

I go to an awesome youth group. There are many strong, talented, incredible siblings in Christ in our group of one hundred or more. I love them all so much- just about each person has played some role in my life and taught me something in both negative and positive ways. And at the same time, I love the Rebelution and everything it stands for. But I compare the values Rebelutionaries hold to the values most of the students in the youth group and there is only some resemblance.

There are only three Rebelutionaries in our group. Most of the students have never even heard of the word, the young men who lead it, let alone practice it. I would love to Rebelutionize our youth group–show them that we as young people can do more for God than we think. We do not have to wait until we are adults. We do  not need to waste our teen years. This country and many others were built upon people who began doing hard things in their teenage years. Think of George Washington and William Wilberforce. Two of the most well-known names in the world. Their actions still effect our world today and will for years to come.

Back then, age did not matter so much. Life did not begin when one had a career or another form of power. It began when they were young. And God used them greatly. I think there is a misconception amoungst the people of this generation–I can see it all too easily amoung the people around me. The standards have been lowered so greatly.

A question constantly invades my mind: Can the young people I know change? I know nothing is impossible for God. My doubt in some of them does not cross with the faith I have in God. But can that last statement contradict itself? I do not know. I do know that I can’t change people’s hearts, attitudes, or actions. I can encourage, show, and help… right? I can pray for open hearts and open eyes. I can give people books, quotes, verses, ideas, websites, and articles. I can be an example.

But then I think, “I am near the end of the ‘food chain’. Not too many of the kids have much respect for me. A lot of them think I am weird, “–which I am, but I think it is sometimes taken the wrong way, but that is kind of helpless–“and no one will listen.” But what stopped slavery in Britain? What began the Revelutionary War? Why do missionaries become martyrs? What began each great act we read about in our history textbooks? It began with people who took risks, who knew that there was something greater worth fighting for. To them, it is worth it all.

What am I looking for? To fit in? To be popular? Certainly not. I’m looking for change, for like-minded people. I’m looking for… a rebelution. I’m not looking for everyone to build shrines to the “organization” itself, but to embrace the principles of its very heart. I know that there are many people within the youth group who are not Christians. There are kids who only attend because their parents force them, because they have friends, or because of the fun benefits.

Today, Natasha, the only other true Rebelutionary in our youth group, and I went to Starbucks. There was a little girl of about five or six sitting beside us, waiting for her mom who was getting something to drink. A napkin fell on the floor, and she got up from her chair to throw it away. That was a true example of doing hard things for me. She had no obligation. She could have gone on playing as she was. She could have completely ignored our exsistance and the existance of the napkin. But she did. It was such a small act of kindness. To most children her age, that is a big deal (everything is when you’re small, so it seems). If a little girl can do hard things, so can we.

 Just some thoughts.

Bethany