As a long time resident of Silicon Valley, I became used to seeing people start companies trying to solve really difficult problems – it’s a core part of the culture out there. Elon Musk is a great example, first with Tesla and now with Hyperloop One, his vision for high speed transportation (or the selling of time as he puts it). While Silicon Valley does have churches (and good ones too!), it is in my view an overwhelmingly secular culture (relative to the Triangle and the southeast US in general). So it was no surprise when I read a New Yorker article that described “Silicon Valley’s quest to live forever”. As believers, we should all agree that such a pursuit is not only in defiance of God’s sovereignty, it is also impossible. Psalm 139:16 says “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. Simply put, God is in control (see also Colossians 1:16-17).
While we may disagree with Silicon Valley’s quest for immortality, we can at the same time admire those behind the quest for thinking big. We need to think big as we are facing significant challenges not just in the U.S., but globally. Some seem to think that the American culture fails to encourage young people to think big. In 2005, at age 16, twins Alex and Brett Harris started writing about how they thought teens needed to start a “rebellion against low expectations.” They eventually wrote a book Do Hard Things that challenges teens to pursue God and learn about how a life dedicated in His service will result in big things. We all know how God used young people in the Bible – Joseph, Josiah, David, Timothy, even the young boy who gave his bread and fish to Jesus to feed the five thousand are just a few of the examples.
Iron Academy recently gave Do Hard Things to its students to read and to unpack as a group to challenge the young men. As a parent of a 14 year old young man, I desire for my son to do hard things and I am grateful for all that IA does to partner with us to teach biblical manhood and to orient his heart to “follow the King” so that our son can pursue hard things that align with God’s design and purpose for his life. I agree with Alex and Brett Harris that while many American teenagers fritter away much of their time, we should be pushing our young people to seek purpose and alignment with God and He can do hard things. Join us in this quest!
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Contributed by Rob Wald