Okay, I borrowed someone’s word, but since I’m going to give them a rousing advertisement, I think it will be okay. You can find The Rebelution at http://www.therebelution.com (don’t forget the “the” if you intend to memorize that for later).
A couple of twins, sons of Greg Harris, the noted home school leader of a couple decades ago, spawned The Rebelution. They call it a rebellion against low expectations for teens. They started a blog, it caught fire, and they ended up being called on by an Alabama State Supreme Court justice to come work as interns there at the tender age of 16, completely unqualified except for their experience as skilled debaters (and thus researchers). It was a great success, and they followed by working or campaigns for Alabama Supreme Court justices. (I guess those aren’t appointed the way US Supreme Court justices are.)
The ladies of our house are using the book Do Hard Things, written by these remarkable young men, for devotions at breakfast. I’ve only heard the first chapter, but I have read several of the Harris’ youths blogs and web pages, and I unhesitatingly recommend anything they do. If you don’t have the book, you should run not walk to your nearest bookstore and get it.
We have 70 or 80 useful years on this earth nowadays. That’s a lot, but it’s not a lot. It’s a lot to do things with, but it’s not so much that we ought to waste those years. It’s not just teens who should be rebelling against low expectations. I’m 47, and I have no intentions of settling down and earning enough money to retire on. My life’s worth more than that to me than that. There’s still plenty of time to change the world–or at least a few people around me.
The Scriptures say, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God has prepared beforehand for us to do” (Eph. 2:10). We’re not just created for good works. We’re created for good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do. There are things lodged in your heart, that neither you nor anyone else can make go away. You can let them sit there and die while you don’t fulfill your purpose, but they’re always there, waiting to be aroused. When you wake them up, they will push you along a path that you were made for. Circumstances and situations will fall in place, your deepest skills–things you didn’t even know you had–will awaken, and you will fulfill what you’re made for. It may not look like that to you, and it may not feel like that to you, but that will be the result. It’s not supposed to be easy, but it is supposed to work.
There is tons of advice out there for finding out what it is that you, deep down inside, want to do and are made to do. I won’t give it here. Do Hard Things has some of that advice. It’s directed at teens, but why shouldn’t you borrow advice that works for teens? You’ll have to do your own searching for more of that advice, but I’ll give you the first step. Help people. Look for ways to serve. If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, you have to become the servant of all. So serve and help. That will be the foot up you’ve always needed.