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Published on April 29th, 2009 | by Alex and Brett Harris

When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary




This morning I was reading a post I made earlier this year about 17-year-old Jaime Colman, who collected over 4,200 pairs of shoes for the people of Karogoto. If you haven’t read it, go read it now — and even if you have, it won’t hurt to read it again.

Brett and I love coming across young people with stories like Jaime’s. We love sharing them because they inspire and challenge us. Nothing is better proof of the truth of the Rebelution than when ordinary young people live out its message. But we also love the opportunity that real-life stories provide to learn about how God wants to use each of us to do hard things for Him. Jaime’s story is no different.

Dream Big or Start Small?

The main lesson I want us to learn from Jaime is that she didn’t set out to collect 4,200 pairs of shoes, travel to Africa, or be invited to the White House. Her desire was to participate in the work of her local church. Her goal was small: 150 pairs of shoes. And even now, she refuses to take credit for what God has done.

“People keep telling me to look at the wonderful job that I have done,” she explained to the Scranton Times-Tribune, a local newspaper. “But, I didn’t do it. I believe in God and He took this simple dream and turned it into [what it is now].”

Brett and I never want to discourage rebelutionaries from dreaming big, but we’ve also observed that God usually passes over the person with big plans in favor of the one who has a heart to love others, to trust Him, and to take that first small step for its own sake — whether it’s starting a blog or a Bible study, shooting free throws — or, like Jaime, walking barefoot around a high school track with friends.

Faith, Humility, and Availability

What Brett and I don’t want is for you to read stories like the ones here on the blog (or in Chapter 11 of Do Hard Things) and think that to “do hard things” and glorify God, you need a plan to accomplish something “big” or “great.” Stories like Jaime’s should reinforce the reality that what God is looking for is faith, humility, and availability — not glory-seeking, selfish ambition, or an idea that God is most glorified when we impress the most people.

What does that look like in practice? One of the questions we get the most from other young people is, “I want to do hard things, but I don’t know where to start! What should I do?” The answer is that you start right where you are: being faithful in the things you already know God wants you to do. If we aren’t willing to do hard things at home or at school, we’ll never be ready to in the outside world.

Pursuing Faithfulness, Not Success

Being a rebelutionary does not — and cannot — mean that we ignore small ordinary things in order to do big impressive things. Being a rebelutionary means committing to doing even small ordinary things extraordinarily well. As each of us are faithful in that, God will be faithful to prepare us for whatever it is He has called us to do — whether it be today, tomorrow, or ten years from now.

For some of us it will be big, for some it will be small — but only in the world’s eyes. Whether big or small, God will be glorified — and the world will be changed by a generation that gives up the pursuit of success to pursue a life of faithfulness.

That’s when the ordinary becomes extraordinary.









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are the co-founders of TheRebelution.com and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.



  • I agree. Being faithful to God does not mean doing something that the world considers amazing. I think my mother and father, who have home schooled me and my siblings, have done a better thing in God’s eyes than Billy Sunday, who sent his son to boarding school. This is a great example of a time when God turned the ordinary into the unusual.

    Thanks,
    Nate

  • Grace Brennan

    Great post. So true.

  • Thank you so much for the post Alex! I really needed it! All of the hard things I have been doing are not huge. They are simple things that will form my character and train me for my future. I’ve been doing things like obeying my parents cheerfully, being kind to my brothers, keeping to a schedule, and doing my schoolwork faithfully. All of which are really hard for me. :) But I started to get really discouraged. None of them seemed important. So thanks again for showing me that the ordinary small things do matter. :)

    God bless and great job on the interview last night guys!

    Sarah :)

  • God can use big dreams, but many times he takes a humble effort for his glory and magnifies it all the more for him. I recently saw this with a project I and three other friends are doing. It started with two of them wanting to build a well in Africa, and they wanted to do it through a carwash that would be promoted by youth groups across the country.

    By the grace of God alone, two young women from our group of four were given the oppritunity to speak at a conference in Duluth, MN, to spread the idea of our carwash. Well, it went well, but I started wondering to God why the website (dolivingwater.blogspot.com) wasn’t getting a ton of hits, or why no churches were signing on with us. I felt like the whole conference hadn’t had an impact on these people.

    And then I heard the news. During the conference, an offering had been taken for funding the building of a well. A well costs about $800 dollars, plus the matenence, worker pay, etc. I heard this news, and I was shocked to hear that the offering had raised not the required $800, but $8000! It really was a powerful reminder to me that God can take a humble effort and make it something extraordinary. Thanks for your reminder as well. =)

    Camden

  • Hannah

    High-five guys! This has been richly impressed upon me lately…God doesn’t need me to make sweeping changes across my continent. All He needs is a faithful child willing to obey Him. (He doesn’t mind the sweeping changes, of course…but the faithfulness is a huge plus!)

    As you said in your book: “Her mission wasn’t to fit in. It was to be faithful.”

  • Thank you for this post! It was exactly what I needed today!

    The Lord has put a “big hard thing” on my heart, but He has also shown me that the only way to reach that goal is to invest my time and effort into “small hard things” right now.

    When we have learned to be faithful in little the Lord will entrust us with increasingly bigger responsibilities. Being diligent in reading my Bible and praying for guidance have been a few of the small steps I have been taking toward my bigger goal. It has been roughly four months since I read your book, and everyday, with every small hard thing I do, the Lord continues to answer my prayers, and He adds another piece of this enormous puzzle!

    Thank you brothers, the encouragement I gather from you has changed my life, and you seem to post about things exactly when I need to hear them! ; ) Don’t you love the way God works!?!

  • Josiah

    Thanks! It sure did answer lots of my questions.
    Wonderful.

    Thanks again
    josiah

  • Talitha

    Great post!

  • Taylor

    Wow, awesome that you should post this right now.

    I’m about to head to youth group and something has been on my mind for about three months to bring up for the team to do together. I’ve been putting it off because I’m afraid of being rejected, and also, even if they said yes, it’d be something that would take alot of talking to the pastor. My church really isn’t into the word, “new.”

    But this gave me the courage to ask tonight.

    Thank you. This post definitely helped answer one of my most frequent prayers.

  • Jennifer

    Very good post. thanks alot, its just what i needed today.

  • Lissie Luvs 2 pray

    AMEN!

  • “Whether big or small, God will be glorified — and the world will be changed by a generation that gives up the pursuit of success to pursue a life of faithfulness. ”

    That’s an awesome thought! Thank you so much for sharing this Alex. I want to be faithful even when, in the world’s eyes, it may not look like a big deal. Thank you so much for encouraging us to be faithful, even in the “small” hard things.

    I was also thinking, I know that sometimes I’ve not done something because it wasn’t big. God only knows what the small hard things will do in us and in other peoples’ lives. We just better do what He calls us to and leave the results up to Him.

  • Taylor Kern

    Wow! This could not have come at a better time. I’ve been discussing career choices with my mom lately (as I’m sure every junior/senior in highschool is doing this year!), and we were saying that so many Christian teens want to do big things for Gid. But my mom was saying that no matter what you choose to do with the rest of your life, whether your scrubbing toilets or preaching God’s word to lost souls in a jungle, if you are doing it with a cheerful heart and for the glory of God, then you’re already making an impact on people. This rpost eally drove that home for me.

    Another thought is that, no matter how small your project (or whatever it is) may seem, it will end up being a learning expreience for you. I know that there have been things that i didn’t do that I should haveve done, and I usually end up wishing that I would have done it; but even then I learned that you shouldn’t pass something up just because you don’t think it’s big enough, or you have some other silly excuse.

    Basically, thanks guys!! Your work is very much appreciated. :)

  • Wow… amazing post! Thank you, Alex — much-needed, very inspiring, AWESOME! 😀

    I want to get my church involved in pro-life ministry so I kind of have this “big” idea that I want to get going on right away. What God has taught me with other projects, though, is that I need to start from the ground up. If I am walking around talking about this ministry opportunity or that and how we should love others, yet don’t actually live that love in small actions and in my everyday speech… I’ll just be a religious hypocrite (harsh — but I’m talking about myself, so it’s okay). I’m talking to/meeting with the pastors, resident evangelist, discussing big ideas and opportunities with the other young people I meet. But I’m also seeing the HUGE importance of keeping my eyes open to the small things and being sure to do those — if someone is sitting by themselves, I walk up and talk to them and see how they are doing; if someone doesn’t have a seat, I stand up and offer them one; if someone did something well (or tried to, at least), I make it a point to encourage them the best I can. Also important is once the opportunity opens and I have a platform from which I am heard, I’ve learned that it is so easy to compromise and not speak this or that truth in order to “grow” my platform of influence and keep people liking me. In that sense, also, it’s so very important to focus not on success, but on faithfulness (to the truth Jesus would speak). It’s HARD!! :)

    One question I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on: Once God opens the way to do big things, how do you determine what of the things laid before you God wants you to do? To pursue the big at the expense of the small feels like pursuing success at the expense of faithfulness. But to pursue the small things at the expense of the big can feel like sacrificing opportunity and staying where you are when doors are wide open. How do you manage — how do you seek God’s Will on this matter, how do you know God’s Will on this matter, how do you keep right motives of love and a right pursuit of living a life of love above all when it’s so tempting to do what you think would “bring the most glory to God” (tying in with what you said — the idea that God is most glorified when we impress — or I’ll venture to add reach — the most people)? (Does that make sense?) I’m not trying to complicate things — I think once answered this would actually simplify everything. Then again, we’ll see… 😉

  • P.S. The post reminded me of this favorite quote by Hudson Taylor:

    “God puts every man in the very best place for himself and for the world at the time. Young people who’s hearts are stirred about missionary work are apt to say: “Well, you know, I am surrounded by such a set of college companions; or at home the influences are against me. If I could only go to India or China, I could shine for Jesus.” Why, dear friends, a candle that won’t shine in one room is very unlikely to shine in another. If you don’t shine at home — if your father and mother, your sister and brother, if the very cat and dog in the house are not the better and happier for your being a Christian, it is a question whether you really are one. It isn’t our surroundings and circumstances that are the all-important things: but how far we are linked — how close is the union between our souls and God. What do we know about Him: What is He to us? This is the all important question.”
    -Hudson Taylor

    Keep seeking Him, Alex — press on, abide in Him, seek to be all the more fully one with Christ each day, as His Bride. And seriously — this post is outstanding! :)

  • Cassie

    I love that we don’t just have to do big hard things to please God. Don’t get me wrong, I desire to do big hard things, God just seems to be saying “not yet”. For whatever reason He’s saying that, I can still please Him by being faithful in little things. I can still strive to do my best in my education. I can still share Him with other people. I can obey my parents to the best of my ability. I can still honor Him. Praise God!

    Thanks for the reminder of this!

  • Megan

    Thank you so much for this post!
    I have been really struggling lately with knowing what God wants for me and what I am supposed to be doing with my life. Sometimes I wonder why I am not getting answers and were He is leading me. I really want to live my life for Him and a lot of the time I feel like I am not. And I guess that is mainly because I don’t feel like I am doing anything “big.” I get all these crazy ideas, and then I think that there is absolutely no way that accomplishing something like that would ever be possible, but with God I know that anything is possible. Thank you for posting this, because it was exactly what I needed to hear. Its amazing how God works and how He uses others to affirm that He really is always there, no matter what. Thank you for allowing God to use you in that way.

  • Amen. Very well balanced perspective.

  • Chelsy W.

    Amen!!

    That is such a great message. It really encouraged me, as it sounds like it did to other people.

    As a piano teacher with 17 students, many people think I do big and great things, especially since I’m only 18 myself, but sometimes I feel like I’m never doing enough – like the way that I serve God is not great enough, but I believe it is a lie of Satan to try to get me discontent and unhappy in where God has placed me and the gifts He has given me. We all have some gift God has given us that He desires us to use for His glory and no matter what gift that is – whether our culture says it’s great or small- it is valuable to the kingdom of the most High. Not because we are great or talented, but because God is great and uses the smallest of things to advance His kingdom.

    “GOD IS BIG. MAN IS SMALL… AND THAT BIG GOD HELPS SMALL PEOPLE.”
    (From a sermon by Robert Elliot.)

    He also works through them.

  • Rachel

    Thanks so much. This pretty much answers the questions I sent in for the book.

  • Tracy

    Thank you for the post. We live in a world where we see/experience so many huge, great things being done all over the world and I often feel that little old me can do very little that can make a difference anywhere.

    But your post reminded me that God can take the “very little” I have and am able to offer and is able to multiply it for His glory. The boy who gave his few loaves and fish gave a materially small gift in the face of thousands of hungry people, but Jesus used it for the glory of His kingdom!

    My “loaves and fish” in the next month come in the form of baking. Our Church has recently gone through a very hard time that involved a leadership split, and resources are few. We have an upcoming youth camp and holiday club that reaches out to kids in the neighbourhood and surrounding schools. The leaders are praying hard for volunteers and donations to help make the camp and club successful. I have been praying about what to do to contribute and feel that God will be pleased if I bake a whole heap cookies. Teens are always hungry, right? Good conversations take place over cups of coffee no matter what time of the day or night, right?

    In my own teen years my mom would rally up other willing mothers and grannies at Church in the week before our annual camp and they would all bake and cook wonderful gifts to send along with the kids to camp. Some would send homemade jams and jellies, some would send homemade loaves of bread, some would send the most delicious cookies. Farmers in the Church would donate fruit, veggies, juice. Some ladies would send ready-made meals, like a huge casserole or pot of soup, enough to feed all 100 campers, so all the leaders had to do was heat it up before dinner. Not only was this a huge blessing to every camper and leader, but it kept costs down and that enabled kids from the local welfare school to join us on camp!

    I hope and pray that as I honour the legacy of those ladies from my Church when I was a kid, and that of my mother, God will take my “loaves and fish” (in this case cookies) and use them to extend his Kingdom.

    I find myself wondering if everyone was brave enough to contribute whatever they have to offer, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, how much we would see God’s kingdom flourish and grow?

  • Han

    I think that this is an important message for us young people to hear too. Whilst it is amazing that we can as young people accomplish some pretty mental things, there’s also a great need for us to learn to be faithful to our everyday lives.

    Personally I reckon if we start out being faithful in the little things that we do (like school work, uni work, and just whatever we’ve been given to do) then our impact on the world around us has begun. I mean as I look around the UK how many teenagers today commit themselves to doing their work to an extraordinary level? Or commit to helping their mum around the house, even when its a chore they’re made to do?

    We really need to start on the ground level with our rebelution, start at home in the here and now. God can do incredible things from just that. Then when the time comes for us to step out and do something REALLY BIG we’ve got the grounding there!

    Thanks for reminding us of that guys….I think its an essential message! x

  • Myrto

    I was wondering that very thing lately…feeling sort of discouraged that I couldn’t do anything “big” and I was even thinking that you guys should have emphasised this more in your 1st book. However, you “made up for it” now!! Thanks loads!

  • Katelyn

    Thanks, guys! this is just the encouragement I needed!!

  • Great post guys! Thanks for the encouraging words! Lets go make a difference!

  • This is exactly what I needed to hear!

  • Noella

    Thank you guys. I needed to hear that right now.

    God bless!

  • Zachariah T. Hazlett

    Great! That sound similar to what Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

  • Amen!

    It’s just like that verse (1 Corinthians 10:31) which says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Whether it’s something small and simple, or huge and mind-blowing; whether it’s a big hard thing, a small hard thing, or even a medium-sized hard thing…we’re still called to give God the glory. 😀

    God bless!

  • It is a great encouragement to remember that something that seems common place or “ordinary” can be made into something extraordinary.

    I do have a question though: you mentioned the previous post about Jaime and her shoe project. How can we Rebelutionaries get involved? I know that I have some shoes that I don’t wear much (if at all) that I would rather send to those who need them instead of to the garbage. Is there a place that we could send our extra shoes to that would eventually ship them out to Africa? Please let me know!

    Thanks for your constant encouragement, guys.

    Blessings from the Lord,

    Brian

  • Thanks guys, that was really encouraging!

  • Ash

    I was looking for something “hard” that I could do without taking time away from my high school and college classes (because with finals coming up, i’m so overwhelmed, i can’t take time away from studying), so I started tutoring some people in my anatomy class. It made me so happy to see them be sucessful in class. They’re grades went from failing to c’s and b’s. Then this girl I work with who has been out of school for 5 yrs, had a baby, got married and moved five times, heard that I had been tutoring and wanted me to tutor her so that she could get into a nursing program and drop her fast-food job. We’ve become great friends and It has been so fulfilling to see her test into a higher level math and be able to spend more time with her baby. there really is always something “hard” to do!

  • Rachel J. O.

    Hey Alex and Brett, great post! I’ve been wondering, I hear all these stories about kids who do big things but I don’t get a chance. What is a 14 year old ,homeschooled girl who doesn’t belong to a church(my dad does a home church) supposed to do? I love being homeschooled and I love our homechurch but it seems that oppertunities to do big things never come my way. I would love an answer. Thanks! Sister in Christ,
    Rachel

  • rebecca

    I think that, yes, sometimes doing big hard things for God isnt a big deal to the world. The world doesn’t care, and sometimes they will try to tell you otherwise. I know that I can’t physically regain my virginity and purity, but spiritually i can recommit myself to Christ. Many of my friends do not agree with me and often scoff at the fact that i have done this. They say that there is no reason for me to change if I’ve already gone there. They say that i can’t go back, but i believe that i can. It’s never too late for Christ to save you. I have told many people of my mistakes and my new promise to God.As a product some have taken my advice and some have even promised to God the same that i have. I have to admit that i do let what others say to me hurt me. It shouldn’t simply because i am doing hard things for God. I should be focused on God and not the world. Well….basically the moral to the story is sometimes big hard things for God are not big hard things to the world, but that doesn’t mean that we should not do them.

  • Thank you so much for the much needed reminder. I often feel like I’m not really a rebelutionary because I’m not raising thousands of dollars to feed orphans. I need to remember that, while those things are great and may be in store for me, being faithful in things like consistent prayer are just as God-glorifying. Thanks again!

    Jayan

  • Katy B.

    I agree! In my life God often uses the smallest for the greatest. God often uses the meek and small to do “great and mighty things”! All we do should be to God’s glory no matter what the size of the task. Thanks guys!

  • Alice N.

    Thanks, Alex and Brett. That was exactly what I needed to hear right now :)

  • That’s good.

  • Jessica Itzel

    What you’ve said is so true! I know that at times I feel like the only time I’m doing hard things, is when I’m doing BIG things. But that’s not how God sees it. If we’re faithful in the little things, God will put us in charge of bigger things. Like in the story of the rich man and his 3 servants. The important thing is we need to not have our hearts set on only doing big things. God takes into account the little things too. 😀 This is a great encouragement!

    <3 Jessica

  • Kaylea Bies

    Remembering to stay faithful in the small things knowing that God will use them to his glory is a hard thing to remember to do sometimes. I often find myself thinking that small goals and small deeds are unimportant and that they don’t make a difference but God is able to use us in all things big or small Thanks for the reminder ! !

    Kaylea

  • Thank you SO much for this post! It is a great reminder!

  • Emily

    Thank you for posting that. Sometimes that is something that we all need to be reminded of! :)

  • Conor

    Stay Faithful it is awesome

  • Amanda

    so true sometimes we need to start small and beleive in God to do the extraordinary.He will probably end up surprising you :)

  • Thank you, Alex and Brett, for this post! It seemed to come along at just the right moment; I was so frustrated with myself for being sluggish even when I know it’s wrong. I don’t think that in order to do hard things they have to be big ones, but I struggle with actually accomplishing the small things. I realize that if I truly trust God with my whole life, washing the dishes for His glory, then what I do is important to Him because I do it FOR Him. Never mind what other people think or say. So in ten years, wether or not I’ve done a ‘big’ thing or still wahing those dishes, I can be content and joyful because it’s what God want’s for my life, and He knows best.
    ~Meg

  • Amen! And amen to all’s been said. I can add nothing more but encourage everyone to stay faithful in every little thing we do. :)

  • Betsey K.

    Thanks so much. I had just finished reading your book last night and was wondering what I had to do to accomplish big hard things. This totally answers my question! I just need to be patient and faithful in the little things. This blog post is exactly what I needed today!

  • Mary Anna Salo

    Thank you for the post on what it truly means to be a Rebelutionary.
    It was a very timely post for me and it greatly encouraged and challenged me.
    For God’s glory!

  • Jon T

    This post was very important, thanks! I really needed to know that.

  • Awesomesauce! I loved it. Very encouraging. Keep it up. 😉

  • Rachel

    Thanks so much for this post!

    I had been thinking that I really want to do something really big this summer–change the world or something like that–but I had no idea how. I have been trying to convince myself to be faithful in the small things first, and your post has reinforced it. It’s just what I needed to hear (or rather, read).

  • Nice post! I know whatcha mean about doing “little” hard things… Keep up the good posts!

  • Victoria Houser

    Thank you so much for that post! It was exactly what I needed to hear. I have been trying to do things that are big and important and it was causing me to get frustrated with the little things that I should be doing now.
    So thanks for the reminder!

  • Tabitha

    Very true. Thanks for the reminder. The Rebelution is fueled by people who have right attitudes, hearts in the right place and are faithful to God. That is when He most enjoys to use us to give Him glory. Those are the people He blesses. Our efforts mean nothing if they are for us and not ultimately for Him.

  • Jon T

    My dad just made a point about “small” hard things – the boring everyday tasks that we sometimes see no reason to do. He said that if we’re doing them just for ourselves, sometimes we’ll let ourselves down and not do them. But if we are doing it for Christ and our parents, to honor our parents and for the glory of Christ, we know that by not doing hard things we’re going to let them down. And if you want to honor your parents and Glorify Christ, you will have a reason to want to do the “boring” hard things.

  • Hi!My name is Andrew.I go to Grace Babtist Academy in Chattanooga,tennessee.At school they made us read this book for a project.Reading this book to me was boring since she made us do it for a project.But when i got toi reading it i loved it !I also play select basseball and i have had a problem with my attitude lately.When i started reading this i knew this ws a sign from God saying that my attitude needed to get better.All because of this book i have been doing everything on and off the field to help my attitude!Hre has helped me in everything and its all because of that book!He helped me get throughthis and i am very thankful for that.He is our GOd and he has taken care of me!!

  • Amen! :-)
    Thanks for posting this. It’s a great reminder. The post is really encouraging and inspiring. Thanks again.

    Jesus bless you..
    Vidya

  • Elizabee

    The small hard things are what I struggle with most…so thanks for this post. I know what I should do, but so often I don’t. Thanks for “refueling” me. :-) So..now I think i’m going to go do some of my little hard things.

  • Thomas Gerhart

    Thanks as well guys

    I have also been wondering what God has been wanting me to do and since I am not moving mountains right now and I was starting to wonder if I am missing in something huge but I see that enough small things done now can lead to great effects later.

    Keep it up

  • Elizabeth Kelley

    Ah yes.
    “What Brett and I don’t want is for you to read stories like the ones here on the blog (or in Chapter 11 of Do Hard Things) and think that to “do hard things” and glorify God, you need a plan to accomplish something “big” or “great.” ”
    The first thing that ran through my head when I read that was the bit in the book about making your bed and sweeping the floor. Hardly glorious tasks, and certainly not ones that will make the whole world stare in awe.
    However, the King does not see them as small. In Matthew 25, there is the familiar passage about sheep and goats on the Day of Judgment.:

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” (Matt. 5:34-40, ESV)

    See that? Our Lord does not reward us only when we free every slave in Africa, or stop abortion, or write books, or become missionaries to foreign countries… you fill in the blank (although these things are certainly amiable.) He promises to reward us for giving food, a drink, a welcome, a set of clothes to somebody. Tiny and insignificant? Maybe to the world, but not to our King. And, since all men, philosophies, and cultures are going to pass away, we should fear God, not men.

    Thanks for the post! It’s a good reminder.

  • Finally I am commenting on this! Recently I was thinking about the illustration you guys use of holding a small weight, and how it gets heavier and harder the longer you hold it. The every day things of life that we do over and over (and over) are like that….the hard thing is not in the individual action, but in the faithful, excellent repeating. (And now I’m just talking to myself. =P) Thanks for the encouragement Alex. =)

  • I appreciate your voice on the web. It is so encouraging to hear. I am reading “Do Hard Things” and am in the process of evaluating my life to see what changes I need to make. Ultimately, of course, I am judging my life and my choices against God’s Word, but your book helps break it down and bring it down to our modern teenage culture. Personally, the hardest thing God has called me to do right now is help the members of my Youth Group get their focus back on God. They are very moral teens, but care more about their own pleasures than truly living out the Christian life. As James says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” It is relatively easy for us (we’re almost all homeschooled) to keep ourselves unstained from the world. But reaching out to the needy? Helping the poor and afflicted? That requires sacrifice on our part…and it’s hard. I’m praying for this group, and I believe God can do great things. Keep saying what your saying. We need this!
    Rachel Hope
    “For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that One has died for all, therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who for their sakes died and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

  • Charissa

    I just finished your book and that’s really what I needed to hear. I felt like I needed to do something huge for God or I wasn’t really doing anything for Him. Thanks.

  • Wonderful post! I had been feeling really useless lately because I felt like I hadn’t accomplished any “great things for God”! Well after much praying He showed me that living my life to my full potential by glorifying Him in EVERYTHING that I do, that’s an accomplishment! Your post really reinforced what’s been going on up in *here*.

  • Jordan Whitmire

    Amen. I totally and 100% agree with you there. Man Its good to be back on this Blog I miss you guys.

    I want to ask for Pray. I have a friend whose family and him are getting Evicted from there house. There Dad left them a year ago and now they can’t even make ends meet. I want to raise money to buy them a house. Please pray and send to your friends/family and with the Lords help will do great.

    In Christ

    Jordan

  • Lily

    Thanks for the article! It really made me realize that I need to start small and God will work with what I’m doing as it goes according to His plan. I went on a mission trip one time and we planned this huge family fun night at a resturant. We had planned for a bunch of people to be there but only 7 people ended up coming. It was really disapointing but we learned that not everything goes as we want it, God does things His way.

  • Tony Rodriguez

    Thanks alot really helpful

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  • Derek

    This is a great example for me to keep my faith strong, so when I choose to do something small, it can make a big difference to the whole world.

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  • Sirjee,
    had the opportunity of a lifetime to meet you yesterday, as part of the huge audience in the KBC recording. aap to great ho, your pleasing attitude and energy simply blew me over.. Wish and pray that you continue to entertain us for years to come.. one small complaint, aap last row waalon se baat ya handshake nahin karte. pls pls sir, try and accomodate this request, because that would be the perfect ending to a fantastic meeting with you. Love you lots Sir.

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