For the past year or so I've felt like my life was missing something. It wasn't that emptiness that being without God leaves you with, because I've been a Christian since I was very small. God has always been what my life is about. But somehow I found myself lacking enthusiasm in my faith. You know, that stuff that baptists would call "fire", I guess.
I was getting to the point where I was starting to feel like "I am so sick of doing what I'm doing. Why is being a Christian so terribly boring. Why do I feel like I'm just wondering aimlessly through life just being good? Why is there nothing else for me to be doing?!?" (At this point in writing this post I considered going on a tangent about unconditional grace, but decided to save it for another post.)
Recently I've been praying for guidance and direction. And as God always does, he answered my prayers. The answer came to me in the form of a book "Do Hard Things." The title sums up the book in one nifty little sentence. And it has spawned the rebelution movement; a teenage rebellion against low expectations. I highly recommend this book to all young people (and older people too, for that matter).
As I read I began to see that one of the reasons I wasn't accomplishing anything was that no one really expected me to accomplish anything! I was already doing more that most young people I know are doing. I was taking college classes, running a small business, a member of the library board, and working a day or so a week keeping house for a lady in our community. But I wasn't doing anything that was hard for me.
I have made the decision to start doing hard things. Things that are hard for me. Things that are going to stretch me as a person and as a Christian. Things that will build character. You can follow me on my new journey in my blog I've created especially for the purpose of organizing my life and keeping a log of the hard things I'm attempting to do. http://www.arebelutionary.blogspot.com/ .