“Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations” Review & Reflect (Part 3)

Ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it!

Chapter 7: The Power of Collaboration– How to do hard things that are too big for you to do alone

We need to change the way we think about large projects and big ideas. Instead of focusing on our individual limitations, what if we stepped back, looked around , and asked, “Who could be motivated to tackle this with me? p.109

God has made all of us (not just horses) to be more effective when we work in fellowship with others. p. 111

Do I care enough about this issue to not just start something big, but to see it through no matter what? p. 120

The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom- a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God. p. 121

Even good, solid, sincere Christians are sinful and imperfect (that is, difficult if not impossible at times). And pressure, weariness, and frustration often bring out the worst in people. That’s why big hard things require patience, humility, and a nearly endless supply of forgiveness. p. 126

The most exciting thing about stepping up to the challenge of big hard things is that when God calls on you, He will bring the help you need to get the job done. p. 130

Chapter 8: Small Hard Things– How to do hard things that don’t pay off immediately

The truth is that huge gifts are often hiding in those small packages. p. 137

And because God is good, by doing what He has put before you with all your heart, regardless of whether it appears significant or not, you will find yourself benefited and strengthened, ready for the next big thing. p. 145

Chapter 9: Taking a Stand– How to do hard things that go against the crowd

A changed heart will result in a changed life- that true saving faith in Jesus Christ will show in our actions. p. 151

This is not a call to parade our religiosity around, but it does mean that a true Christian faith will permeate our lives. It means that whether you watch a certain movie or laugh at a certain joke tells you and others something about the state of your heart. p. 151

And if she wasn’t willing to follow Him when it hurt, she wasn’t really following Him at all. p. 153

He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. p. 156

We need wisdom to understand how to properly evaluate each situation so that we can stand at the right time, for the right thing, and for the right reasons. p. 157

Society expects young people to enjoy doing stuff they know is wrong, but they’re not counting the cost. If you can’t do something with a clear conscience, even if other people can, you shouldn’t be doing it (see Romans 14:23). p. 159

Don’t get a reputation for always being against everything: be for something. Try not to point out problems without providing solutions. Make it your goal to show people a better way- God’s way- not just that their current direction is wrong. p. 161

Ultimately God is the One who gives us the strength to stand in any situation. But we must also recognize that much of that grace and strength is made available through the numerous opportunities He gives us on a daily basis to practice trusting Him enough to actually obey Him- even when it costs us something. Standing up for God in big, sometimes public, sometimes dangerous situations is made possible in part because we have stood up for God countless times before. Every time we do the right thing in God’s name, we flex and build our muscles. p. 164

Is there something in your life you know is wrong but continue to do? p. 164

Doing what is right always matters- and it matters now. p. 164


About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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