Do Hard Things, what the Rebelution means for grown-ups

At our youth group for 14-18 year olds we are reading and discussing Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, using the official study guide. If you’ve never heard of it, here a bit off the dust cover:

A generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.”

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today’s culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge.

Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

We’re on chapter two and last night we worked through the cultural expectations felt by our youth. Some were expected to do well at school and that was the only and highest expectation. The other expectations were all negative: to be involved in gangs, spend hours on MySpace or texting, getting into trouble, hanging around, waiting, doing very little.

At a similar age, my rural Scottish culture expected me and my friends to excel at rugby. I didn’t, so I tried athletics (track and field) and competed for Scotland on the same day my school friends were playing at Murrayfield against England in the 1990 grand slam decider. Although the sport was different, there was one uniting factor, we all got there because we were expected to by our culture.

Much of what our Christian youth hear from us is the same emphasis on the negative as they hear from our culture, just in biblical terms. “Love Jesus, follow him, hate your sin, abstain from worldly activities.” This does not work, they need a positive goal. Something like “love Jesus, follow him, hate your sin and do something positive, with your friends, which will make a difference to the world through the kingdom of God all for his glory.” This is putting Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 5:9-10 (your will be done, your kingdom come) before the bit were we pray “deliver us from evil.” (Matt 5:13).

That’s enough from this old buffer. I can’t tell my youth group what they should do. I can say “TNG, I expect great things from you for the glory of God. Go on, rebel against this culture of low expectations.”

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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  1. Pingback: Are we challenging young people enough? « Ministry trainee

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