5 Kinds of Hard



Tonight we discussed chapter four and reclaiming the teen years as the launching pad of life. We talked about “kidults,” those people who, by definition of age are adults, but they still act like and do the things that kids do. We pondered questions like, “Is how we’re spending our time right now preparing us for what we hope to become in the future?” “Are we doing things now that will equip us for the greater things God may have for us to do?”

Then we learned that there are five kinds of hard:

  1. Things that are outside your comfort zone.
  2. Things that go beyond what is expected or required.
  3. Things that are too big to accomplish alone.
  4. Things that don’t earn an immediate payoff.
  5. Things that challenge the cultural norm.

We brainstormed what hard things might fall under each of those categories because the next part of our book is tackling those five kinds of hard, one at a time.

We watched a clip from Facing the Giants. It’s where Coach Taylor challenged one of the team’s leaders, Brock, to give his very best to inspire the team. We discussed how, as leaders of our peers…other teenagers…we have the ability to inspire them to give their very best as well. Just like George, David, and Clara did (We learned about them in a previous chapter.). Our peers are watching us, always looking for an example, a role model, someone they can emulate. All too often, they turn to people popular in our culture and, too much of the time, they prove to not be worthy examples to follow after all.
Knowing that the kids are still doubting that THEY are capable of doing hard things, we are encouraging them any way we can. WE HAVE COLLECTED 17 PAIRS OF PRESCRIPTION GLASSES SO FAR! That is encouraging.

Lastly, we challenged them with a fun little object lesson. We gave them each an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper and a pair of scissors and asked them to cut a hole big enough in the paper to walk through with their entire bodies. Impossible? Nope. It can be done, I promise. After you’ve tried to figure it out for yourself, click here to learn how. And if you can fit your entire body through a sheet of paper, well then what could possibly be too difficult to do, especially with God on your side?