In my last post, I discussed the practical advice on doing hard things from Brett and Alex Harris’s book Start Here. The bulk of the rest of the book is spent on the mindset of a rebelutionary – not on the need to do hard things (that’s what their first book was for), but on how to think and act and live like a rebelutionary. They covered topics from dealing with peers who don’t understand and time management to keeping up the motivation and how to respond to the unintended consequences, both positive and negative, that come from doing things that go against the cultural grain. And over and over again, they bring it back to full dependency on God.
I was impressed with how strongly they warn against pride that may come from the attention and praise that may come from doing hard things. Teens that have followed the rebelutionary lifestyle have made it on the cover of ESPN magazine, have written their own books, and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations and social causes. Brett and Alex themselves have been interviewed by media venues such as NPR and The New York Times for their work. In Start Here they very candidly address the dangers of such attention. They remind readers that everything they do is through dependency on God, and when they remember that, pride is transformed into humble thankfulness to God for allowing them to be a part of His work. As they so often remind the reader, they don’t want to be considered exceptional, special, or “better” than other young people. They sincerely believe that ALL teenagers have the capabilities to do hard things when they break away from society’s low expectations and make themselves faithful to God. Continue reading