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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Do Hard Things

For the past 3 days I’ve been listening to a program on Focus on the Family http://www.focusonthefamily.com/ about twins, Alex and Brett Harris who wrote the book Do Hard Things.

They are so articulate and so Godly, you would never know they are only 20 years old. They basically are challenging teens to use the teen years as a launch pad to life, not a vacation from responsibility; and they use Bible scripture and real stories about teens from history and also the present day to inspire.

I am obviously not a teen, but one thing they said today spoke right to me. In a question and answer session a girl asked “How do you know when to give up? That it might not be what God’s plan is for you because it’s not happening?”

And one of the young men said, “Seek preparedness not opportunity. Do everything to the best of your ability. Press on. Be faithful in the little things.”

I’ve been waiting and watching for years for something big – speaking outside of my church, writing that book I want to (I even have a title!) and I keep getting drawn into more and more volunteer work through my church: doing the service at a local nursing home, teaching one and subbing for other Sunday school classes, leading a devotion, press releases for the church, serving on church council, being on a district committee, helping with Wednesday night suppers, helping with the youth, leading a 32 week Bible study…

Until I heard him say that today it was driving me a little crazy! All these little things were taking up all my time. How could I ever do anything big? Everybody asks me to do little things, why doesn't someone open the door to something big?

But “seek preparedness not opportunity. Do everything to the best of your ability. Press on. Be faithful in the little things.” If we have an audience of One and He is the one we want to please: then this makes perfect sense!

Here’s Alex and Brett’s website and blog: http://www.therebelution.com/blog/

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At 6:27 PM, Blogger Nancy B. Kennedy said...

Hi Nancy, I just read your comment on my website. Nice to meet you, if only cyberly. I've read this book, too, and am hoping to help my son see there's more to life than TV, DS games and baseball. (Though I do love the baseball.) I want to talk more... will contact you again when I return early next week. I hope your husband is working again!

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Looking forward to hearing from you. And yes, my husband ended up starting a business to stay in the area after the lay-off. He gave it 5 years, kind of a struggle and a lot of work the whole time, so last fall gave that up and went back to a corporation. It is nice having a pay check again!

At 4:58 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Nancy, I was looking online to find some information from others who are using "Do Hard Things" to teach young people. I was certainly surprised to find a blog by Nancy from Hickory, NC, because I AM Nancy from Hickory, NC.

I'd love to touch base with you.
The Other Nancy (Posey)

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Hi Nancy Posey! OK I'll share the title with you :)

What church do you go to? Are you a Sunday School teacher or youth leader?

I especially am glad for your comment because it caused me to come back and reread this post. It's still timely for me!


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