I enjoyed this post on Alex and Brett Harris at the Gospel Coalition. It starts:
“Do hard things,” Alex and Brett Harris told their fellow teenagers six years ago. Get up early. Step out of your comfort zone. Do more than what’s required. Find a cause. Be faithful. Go against the crowd.
Be better than your culture expects….
“We do hard things, not in order to be saved, but because we are saved,” Brett told me. “Our willingness to obey God even when it’s hard magnifies the worth of Christ, because in our hard obedience we’re communicating to the world that Jesus is more valuable than comfort, than ease, than staying safe.”
Indeed, we are saved by grace and created for good works (Eph. 2:8-10).
In the Harris family, “do hard things” is just a fresh way to say “do good works,” Brett said. “We’ve found it a helpful way to say ‘do good works’ because we often need to be reminded that doing good works is hard, is supposed to be hard, and puts the spotlight on God—where it belongs—because it is hard.”
I love the way they put that. “Do hard things” is another way of saying “do good works.” The rest of the article then looks at the hard things they are each doing right now, and it’s worth reading.