My good friends Alex and Brett Harris have asked the question, “What lies ahead for the Rebelution?” It’s a question that I know they have continued to wrestle with for the past few years as seasons change dramatically from the days of 2006 and 2007. It’s not always easy to answer.
It’s fascinating to look back on this previous year and to see the incredible amount of change that has taken place in my own life.
Walking across a stage to shake a hand and grab a diploma.
Gently placing a ring on a finger and repeating sacred vows.
Sitting in a doctor’s office and hearing the wonderful news.
Since beginning this blog as a young and fresh fourteen-year-old, my life has changed dramatically. The blog (like the Rebelution) has moved toward staleness and increasing obscurity as I have moved towards a new time in life.
Yet I’m still a Rebelutionary. Here’s why.
1. Faithfulness in doing hard things is more important than one big hard thing done only once
If there is one thing that I have learned during my time in “the movement,” it’s the lure of seeing the phrase “do hard things” turn into “do BIG things” in a split second. Others have written about it, and I have written about it for some time now on this blog, Boundless, and the old Regenerated Magazine. It is incredibly easy to think that what really matters is the stage, the lights, the article, the conference, or the story in the local paper.
I would argue that it is faithfulness that is the ultimate hard thing. You can put together something that is a huge flash, but without faithfulness it fizzles away, forgotten. The Lord is looking for rebelutionaries who are willing to go day after day faithfully serving him wherever they find themselves. He’s ready to use those “little” people who right now might feel incredibly insignificant.
This year I plan on releasing a free (and short) e-book that addresses this topic of faithfulness, feeling small and insignificant, and how God does great things through faithful “small” people. Be on the lookout as early as March 2013.
2. “Do Hard Things” is a message that is needed more than ever
I have not yet lost the pulse of the young generation around us. I may not be a “teenager” any more, but I have been intentional about keeping up with those younger than myself (thanks to friends, youth groups, churches, family, and researchers around the world). Time after time as I have recounted the stories and the message of “do hard things,” it resonates strongly with this generation.
And for those who have not yet heard it, I can see the need for teenagers to rise against the low expectations of culture. This is a message that needs to go beyond homeschoolers. It needs to be a battle cry for a new and young Christian generation.
3. Rebelutionaries never get too old
This third point is mainly for my own heart. I remember the day I turned twenty and thought “It’s over. I’m not a Rebelutionary any more.” This couldn’t have been further from the truth.
As a young man now, I still battle each day to do hard things. There are incredibly low expectations for twenty-somethings in an age that celebrates low commitment, immorality, and laziness. Teenagers are turning into narcissistic college graduates who believe they can live at the same level as their parents – without any hard work or faithful saving. This is true even of Christian young men and women.
Others simply don’t care. They don’t work hard in school. They continue to purposely live at their parents homes late into their twenties without a solid job or a plan to one day care for a family. We need Rebelutionaries who do hard things for their whole lifetime.
Men who are willing to make a commitment to young women to care for them for the rest of their lives and who are willing to marry young. Young women who are working hard in school and work, preparing themselves day after day to become faithful wives and mothers. Others who may not marry, they’re working hard as well in their churches and schools, perhaps preparing to be successful in business or getting ready to go to the mission field.
The Rebelution doesn’t end at 18, or 20, or even 90. It’s a lifetime of doing hard things.