The reading list inspired a blog. The blog inspired a survey. The survey inspired a book, The book inspired a conference. A generation of teenagers have been changed. Set expectations regarding the youth of today and what they're capable of, is being challenged. To quote a very old Bill Gaither Trio song from my childhood, "I am a promise, I am a Possibility, I am a Promise, With a Capital P! I am a great big bundle of Potentiality". These teens are believing it not for the distant future, but for today.
These young men have spent their teenage years preparing for adulthood by putting into practice their book title, Do Hard Things. They did hard things, as teens they rebelled against low expectations and they asked it of their friends, their peers. They relate story after story of youth accomplishing great things. I read their tales and placed the book in queu for Girlie #1. She read and intrigued by our discussion Girlie #2 moved it to the top of her reading list.
But, this isn't just a conference, read for teenagers of today. As a mom, a mentor, teacher I see the bigger problem lies in the older generations. The bigger problem lies with the parents, grandparents, bosses, aunts and uncles, teachers, pastors and youth pastors. Read the book you'll know why. Even when a parent requires hard things from their child the rest of the world screams at them to, "enjoy your youth", "don't grow up too fast", "why are you _____? You should be out playing". They propagate this eternal attitude of youth, or as the Harris brothers title it the 'Kidadult'. We need to get on board with this vision. We need to encourage the teenagers of today and demand that they do hard things. Start now. Gather together every teenager/pre-teen you know and go to that conference. I took Girlie #2 and she's only 10. She loved it. Don't know a teenager then just go it alone. Sit in the back and take it all in. You will NOT be disappointed. You WILL be inspired.
|Awesome real time audience polling of the 10-22 year olds|
Can't get to one of the Rebelution Confereencs then head to the library and get the book. I believe to whom much is given, much is expected. We need to start expecting it from our teenagers. If we do I don't think they will disappoint.
|Meeting the brothers and getting books signed|
1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.