Alex and Brett Harris — the Christian teenage twin brothers who blog at The Rebelution — have just begun their first-ever tour: The Rebelution was one of the first blogs to link to our blog when we first got started last year, so just as Alex and Brett were willing to support us then, we’re happy to return the favor by supporting them now. Their site explains that the Rebelution is “a teenage rebellion against low expectations”: The battle cry of The Rebelution is just three words, but it’s an explosive concept: Do Hard Things. That’s it. And “do hard things” is a mentality. It’s a mentality that flies right in the face of our culture’s low expectations. The world says, “You’re young, have fun!” It tells us to “obey your thirst” and “just do it.” Or it tells us, “You’re great! You don’t need to exert yourself.” But those kinds of mindsets sabotage biblical character and competence. “Do Hard Things” is just the opposite. It’s how we build character and competence. It won’t drop to meet the low expectations, it won’t just do what comes easily, and it won’t become complacent. It applies no matter who you are or what level you’re on, because there’s always something harder to do, something that will take you outside your comfort zone and cause you to grow. The Rebelution is made up of three fundamental parts. We’ve talked about two of them: character and competence. The third one is collaboration. It’s not enough for us to be individual exceptions. It’s not enough for us to try to ignore the culture. We have to create a counter-culture. The way we do that is by networking, exhorting, and encouraging one another in the fight. By God’s grace, that’s what The Rebelution has become. And when you have a community of young people mutually committed to doing hard things in their teen years for the glory of God, that’s an incredibly powerful thing. *** HT: Dawn Eden, who, coincidentally, will be speaking at St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago next Tuesday, July 10, at 7:00pm. More information on Dawn’s talk is here [pdf].