Thursday, July 31, 2008

The "Do Hard Things" Conference--A Life Changing Experience!


Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while...
Wow...there are not enough words to describe just how awesome the "Do Hard Things" Conference was. It was challenging, exciting, inspiring, convicting, encouraging, incredible, amazing, eye-opening...
I cannot remember attending an event that was so thought-provoking--ever! Brett and Alex Harris have such a gripping and motivating message to share, and their commitment to Christ and to spreading HIS glory is so refreshing. So...how did this message change me personally?

Firstly, the phrase "Do Hard Things" now consistently runs through my mind. When I know in my head that I should choose the right thing over the easy thing, I am more aware than I ever was before that I need to choose the right thing. I DON'T ALWAYS SUCCEED, but I feel like I'm growing. PTL!

Secondly, I was challenged to think how our culture's low expectations are affecting me. I've grown up in a Christian, Bible-believing, supportive household. Both my parents love God and love their kids, and they are consistently guiding us on to maturity. I came to Christ when I was 3. It it very tempting to think that just because I am surrounded by godly people and encouraged to make good choices, I'm not as affected by the culture's low expectations. However, now that I think about it (which I am right now), I am affected. Maybe not in the so-called "drastic" ways that others are (drugs, alcohol, immorality, etc.), but in more subtle ways. For example, laziness comes into play when I don't consistently read God's Word. One of the points which the Harris brothers pointed out is that great danger lies in becoming complacent. It's so hard not to think, "well, I may flirt sometimes, but not nearly as blatantly as those other girls do..." when the truth is that any flirtation is wrong and should be cut out of my life.

Well...here are the awesome pics I took...enjoy!


Praise and worship time...it was amazing!


Alex and Brett Harris






I got my shirt signed by the Harris brothers! It was really neat to meet them!


Mom and me.


Arya, Christine, and their mom...

I am so grateful that I was able to attend this conference! If you want to see more pictures, click here.

To see a picture of ME getting my shirt signed, click HERE!

This young man accepted the Lord and was sitting behind us. It really impacted me to see a teen boy standing and crying, and not being ashamed! Click HERE!

10 comments:

Miss Arya said...

Ohhh those pictures are so neat. IF you don't mind, I am going to use them on my blog too:-)

Would next Friday, the 8th, work for the North and South sleepover for you? Let me know when you can!


Love,
Jordan

laney said...

That was an awesome post! I love the pictures! It is hard to do the hardest thing of the easier one, but I am also working on doing harder things.:) Have a good weekend and thanks for commenting on my blog!
Love,
Laney

sweet tea &me said...

cool cool cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds like it was so amazing! I can totally relate with the low expectations because I have grown up in the same type of household. Which shirt did you get signed? I LOVE the tee-shirts and I am asking for the blue/wheat tee for Christmas.....the whole Rebelution concept is just so awesome!
love always,
Maddie

Brianon said...

Those were some cool pix, especially the one with the boy who became a Christian.

You have a cool hair cut!

Hannah Michelle said...

Hi - nice post and photos! I came across your blog and thought I'd leave a comment for a fellow Rebelutionary. :) I was also blessed to be at the conference - it was a great day, wasn't it?! I may not be a teen anymore, but the message of The Rebelution is one you need your whole life through!

God bless you as you seek to Do Hard Things!

Madison said...

Wow! You got to meet Alex and Brett? That is too neat!! Looks like you had a good time.

Madison

Meshaay said...

Some of the stuff you wrote...it's just like me! I also became a Christian when I was 3 and I also have an issue with laziness (but by God's grace, I'm getting better).

Hannah said...

Hey Brianna,

It looks like you had an awesome time! I really wanted to go to one of the Rebelution conferences, but wasn't able to for various reasons. However, I have read Alex and Brett's book "Do Hard Things" and have been very challenged by it. Let us be encouraged to "do hard things" and to live up to Christ expectations of us rather than the world's.

a woman found said...

Brianna I have been so encouraged by the Rebelution blog and the Harris'...and I'm 34 :)

Truth impacts all hearts...teens or older.

I'm glad you got to go, I'm sure it was life changing.

Blessings
Sheila

Sara said...

Hi Brianna! I was at the conference too...from your pictures it looks like we were sitting not too far from each other! I was so encouraged by the conference as well. I've been constantly keeping the "Do Hard Things" phrase in my head whenever I'm faced with a "hard" decision. As you were saying, it may be more of a complacent issue, such as flirting or not reading my Bible.

Great thoughts!
Sara