For our first week we will be reading the first chapter of “Do Hard Things.” The title of the chapter is “Most People Don’t…A Different Kind of Teen Book.” For the guidelines and expectations of the read along and discussion click here.
The first paragraph reads like this,
Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And eve if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last.
Well, we do (pg. 3)
After reading this I was reminded of how difficult it is to talk to people about the environment that they live within. For instance, if you wanted to know what it feels like to be wet, would you ask a fish? Well, I wouldn’t, because they don’t know what it feels like to be dry!
In the same way it is difficult for us to truly know what it is like to live within our environment. To have the ability to stand back and look objectively at the world we live in is no small order.
If you are a young person reading this, some of the things you read may be difficult for you to grasp at first. It will be difficult to realize that the world you live within does not encourage responsibility, independence, and productivity (for more on this check-out Are we not allowing our kids to grow-up part 1 and 2).
My prayer for you young person is that God will use the words of this book and open your eyes not only to the reality that your world requires very little of you, but that by His power you are capable of doing hard things for Jesus Christ!