Rebelutionaries Never Get Too Old

January 1, 2013 — 4 Comments

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.

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.

4 responses to Rebelutionaries Never Get Too Old

  1. Excellent thoughts, Tim. Thanks so much for writing — and thanks for all the memories. Most importantly, thank you for continuing to walk with the Lord and pursue faithfulness wherever God has placed you. I hope we can connect face-to-face again sometime soon.

  2. As someone who was already in their twenties when the movement started, I just have to add a hearty amen! It’s still a struggle at times to remain faithful in those small things because frankly life can be hard and it’s unglamorous! But it’s not faithfulness to a slogan, book, or blog that keeps me going, but to the Author and Finisher of the movement who died to pay for my soul! I’m so thankful for the people along to way who kept pointing me back to this truth and am so excited to see it going again for the next generation! Not that I won’t sneak peeks or read a few blog posts now and then… :-)

  3. Hi there!
    I just finished an email sent to Alex and Brett about the Rebelution’s future. After the essay posted on the blog about the cobwebs, I thought it was time to share some ideas. I would love to email them to you as well if you think it would be helpful. Thanks for your time and effort and how much you have allowed the Lord to use you!
    Grace h

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