Freelance writer Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra has an excellent article/interview about what Alex and Brett Harris are doing these days. Six years ago these brothers co-authors the best-selling book Do Hard Things (over 450,000 copies have sold). Today, they’re both still doing hard things, but in very different ways. Alex is in his third year of law school and Brett is caring for an ailing wife.
Both comment extensively in the article about how their background and the do-hard-things mentality prepared them for their current challenges.
“Doing hard things in one season prepares you to step into the next with momentum and purpose,” Alex said.
I particularly appreciated the connection between faith, good works, and hard things:
“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.”
Read the whole thing. Among other things, I’m deeply grateful that these young men took the time to write the Foreword to Thriving at College. Their father, Gregg, was kind enough to endorse Preparing Your Teens for College.