Small Hard Things

March 11, 2008 — 8 Comments

Some of my “small” hard things:

1. Getting up on time in the morning.
2. Saying a kind word to the person who always gets on your nerves.
3. Reading and studying God’s Word.
4. Praying continually.
5. Standing up for what is right.
6. Not remaining silent when it is right to speak.
7. Restraining the unkind word or sarcastic response.
8. Being consistent.
9. Doing the right thing at the right time or doing what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it.
10. Finishing a project.
11. Being organized.
12. Remaining unseen.
13. Reading a book from beginning to end.
14. Thinking on things that are pure.
15. Taking initiative.
16. Caring for the unwanted.
17. Sacrificing your time.
18. Remaining cross-centered.

How about you? What are some “small” hard things that you struggle with?

Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

8 responses to Small Hard Things

  1. I like the first one! :D

  2. Tim, I can completely identify with your list (except I would have to change number 13 from what you have to “disciplining myself not to read lots of books at the same time”), and would add one to the list: serving others in small or unnoticed things.

  3. Wow, Tim, you hit the nail right on the head! I totally agree with everything on your list. Another one I really struggle with is: remaining joyful in every situation (including realizing God is in control of every circumstance).

  4. I think you covered all of my small hard things with your list (espesialy getting up on time in the morning)…… One more though that I would have to add for me would be responding to male attention without seeming as though I were flirting back or encouraging them.
    Thanks for the list. It definitely makes me think of all the things that I need to work on.
    Your sister in Christ,

  5. Number six really stood out to me… I often have a heard time sticking my neck out.

    I don’t know if your blog is supposed to float, but it does in Firefox.

  6. Umm…pretty much everything on your list there, Tim. :P I don’t have problems with #14, generally speaking, but…yeah, I could definitely copy your list and put my name on it. :)

    Wow, it’s really been ages since I’ve been on your blog; I’ll try to come back more often. ;)

  7. John M. Kirton II April 8, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    I have to agree with Chad…I ALSO have trouble limiting my reading to one to two books at a time. Right now, I’m in Ted Dekker’s “Black”, then Harris’ “The Christian Home School”…looking forward to Harris brothers’ “Do Hard Things”.

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