The Struggle of Rebelution

October 8, 2007 — 7 Comments

The Struggle of Rebelution had taken me two weeks to write — then in one day, I got rid of my past work, and I just sat down and wrote it all out. It was shorter than I expected, yet hopefully the final product can fully explain my thoughts on the struggle that comes with doing hard things. It had been alluded to in the previous two articles on the rebelution (Doing Hard Things In My Life and My Story of Rebelution), and this will be the final true essay (if it can be called that), as the next article will be used for more of an announcement and request for guidance. Just keep your eyes open for that.

The struggle that I had in writing this article was mainly as to what issue I needed to address when it came to the rebelution movement — which issue is that which a rebelutionary would most struggle with? In addition, I wondered if I should address the improper applications of doing hard things as well as the myth of adolescence, which has been used by some to promote immorality and sin in the lives of young men and women. This was not where I felt a leading to write. Instead, I wish to briefly address one issue that I see many rebelutionaries, myself included, struggling with daily. When I say this, perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps this issue is for me alone. Perhaps not. But in all honesty, I feel that we all struggle with it in our battle to rise above low expectations.

When we finally begin to make headway we begin to fall into a trap of pride. It is the trap that I find myself in each and every day, almost each and every hour, and I feel nothing but constant grief for this sin of pride. I see myself and my duties of doing hard things a great benefit to our nation, my family, my church, and my friends. I see myself much higher than they are — more holy as I rise above their low expectations for themselves. I am the example they should follow, the writer they should read, and the speaker they should hear. This is absurd, to be certain, yet so accurate and telling of my inner thoughts.

It is with great pain that I relay this wrestling in my soul to you. Nevertheless I see this issue all across the board, infiltrating quietly and subtly. We are not living humbly as we should — truthfully, the hard thing is to humbly do hard things. This humility is lacking for many — or to be honest, many possess a very false humility. We claim that our work to do hard things is nothing, merely small things. We believe somehow that we are humbly doing good works and hard things, when our whole life is full of self-interest. We are many times doing hard things for ourselves and not for the glory of God as we should. We fool ourselves into thinking that we are humbly doing these things when many times we are far from humbly doing anything.

In saying these things, I should note that this is not always the case. Thanks be to God, we are doing hard things for His glory! However, this is not always the case, and as we wrestle and fight in a battle between the flesh and the Spirit, we can fall quickly and easily into the trap of pride and self-interest. This is a warning — a pleading for discernment. Tread carefully on the ground — if you think you are standing tall, you very well might be sinking into this trap of pride.

We must walk lightly, we must walk humbly, we must speak carefully, and we must do all to the glory of God. It is our life goal to make much of God — and in doing this, we will be doing hard things.


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// Do Hard Things In My Life // My Story of Rebelution // The Struggle of Rebelution // Holiness and the Rebelution

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a 22-year-old 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.

7 responses to The Struggle of Rebelution

  1. Hey Tim, I’ve really appreciated this series of posts. You were one of the guys who really inspired Brett and I when we were getting started — so it means a lot to have you in the fight with us. God bless you, bro!

    By the way, we really do need to get together again sometime soon — sound good?

  2. Tim,
    This is so true: I can completely relate, as I have to fight the same battles day in and day out. It’s encouraging to know that I’m not alone, and that we can, by the grace of Christ, overcome!

    Keep fighting the good fight for truth, Tim!

  3. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months since I followed the link from the rebulution blog. It’s a great encouragement to hear from other Christian young men, sorry I haven’t commented before.

    I’m an airline pilot from Dallas (I’m 21, I reckon I can still call myself “young”). I spend a lot of time away from home and away fron my home church (countrysidebible.org), so I’ve been trying to get a list of good churches in towns I overnight in. It occurred to me you might know of quite a few, so I thought I’d ask if you could post some.

    Thanks for the writing, in Christ,
    Nathan

  4. A traditional “recipe” for conducing humility is (a) repentant prayer, (b) fasting, (c) vigils, (d) obedience, and (e) almsgiving. None of these, of course, is useful in the slightest if one does not give “glory to God for all things.”

  5. Well Agent Tim (ha!)I’ve come upon your blog at the perfect time it seems… yes indeed pride is an easy pitfall for me as well, and to read my hearts thoughts on paper so clearly has proven refreshing and enlightening. Keep on in this race Tim; your brothers and sisters in Christ are right behind you!
    Cheers!
    – Jo

  6. This article hit the spot. I am idealistic, wanting to have a pure life and see my friends following what I deem ‘the’ pure and happy ways I do (courtship). I have been realizing that I have a root of legalism, itself rooted in pride. Thank you

  7. This is a truthful post. I’m sure I’m nowhere near as experienced as the writer and others in the blogosphere, but do you think one way to humble ourselves is to do a Philippians 2:3? Maybe this could take the form of recognising that we can learn lots of things from other people (HT: Mark Dever, Na 2007).

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