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The Dark Side of Christian Celebrity:  We love the rise and we love the fall. Both make for fantastic entertainment. I wonder sometimes if the reason we end up tearing down our celebrities is that we have elevated them to such a degree in the first place. Once we have done that, once we have put them on the biggest platforms and once we have given them publishing deals with the wealthiest publishers, there is really only one way for them to go, and it’s not up.

Help with holiness:  The Cripplegate has four solid book recommendations if you are interested in seriously knowing what God’s Word says about holiness.

Don’t Waste Your MRI:  Erik shares two spiritual lessons he took away from his MRI experience the other day.

Why You Should Celebrate Your Undone To-Do List:  David Murray thinks he may have just found a way to turn this daily self-torture into a cause for praise and rejoicing.

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Justin writes:

Life is busy. It isn’t that we don’t have good intentions when it comes to staying connected as a family, it’s just hard to be intentional.

I’ve never drifted into spiritual health. I’ve never seen our family drift into quality time together. We’ve never drifted into deep, meaningful, life-giving conversations. Those things have to be chosen.  .  . .

No matter what stage of life you are in, the next one won’t bring relief. You’ll have to create your pace of life or your pace of life will create you. 

Justin offers three questions to ask that will help you stay connected more with those you love most:

  • How much TV are we watching?
  • How many nights do we eat dinner together
  • Are we praying together?

Read more about these “Three Questions”

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This quote comes from a piece written by Randy Alcorn for women, but men can glean much from it as well. The examples in the rest of the article might need adapted depending who you are but the principle of the fine art of selection is the same:

The hardest lesson we learned in our first twenty years of marriage was this: Life is full of good, worthwhile, and meaningful programs, activities, organizations, causes, and ministry opportunities—the vast majority of which we cannot and should not be involved with!

It is not sufficient that something be good or important. It must be the best and most important for me, and God must show me that. Why? For the same reason that if I have a hundred dollars to spend on groceries this month, I should buy meat and milk and fruit and vegetables, not donuts and chips. Most good things I will never be able to do. If I try, I’ll burn out and end up dropping out of half of them and doing the rest poorly.

We sometimes mistake Christian busyness for true spirituality, failing to realize that over-commitment is no more honoring to God than under-commitment. In our relentless pursuit of spiritual success, we drag ourselves through a dizzy, busy, barren life. Our unspoken motto seems to be “Weariness is next to godliness.”

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“Do you want to be productive? Don’t get organized. Get enthralled. Get smitten. Get on fire. Really want to do something. Want to do it bad enough that you are willing to say no to good things that will inhibit your doing what you really want to do.

Then work on organizing. Productivity systems will only help you when you know what you want to be productive about. Otherwise you’ll always have more books to read, projects to complete, emails to answer, people to meet than you can possibly organize. You’ll just shuffle stuff.

If you’re passionate, you will prioritize your time. If you’re dispassionate, you will dissipate your time.”

Jon Bloom

So what are you going to be passionate about this week? this month? this year?

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“Set priorities and let other people do the same.”–Kevin DeYoung who explains here about his next book and shares two stories that illustrate these two points.

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These five proven suggestions might help you better redeem the time today!

  1. Tackle the most difficult task first
  2. Divide the task into smaller tasks
  3. Set a mid-day alarm
  4. Dedicate yourself for a small period of time
  5. Schedule your tasks on the calendar

Read more about each of these steps in this post by Allen Schowengerdt.

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Carolyn McCulley shares a few thoughts on how Christians need to think Christianly about time management–because we believe in eternity.  Among the several ideas she states briefly is this one:

Productivity is not the same as fruitfulness. Fruitfulness is the eternal measurement—the multiplication of the work the Holy Spirit is doing in and through us. Productivity is task-oriented but those tasks aren’t necessarily fruitful when measured through eternal impact. I find I can get a lot done, but nothing that will be meaningful even next year much less in light of eternity. We will always have tasks like these to do, but are they crowding out what’s important?

Her other observations are very helpful as well and can be found here where she asks this question: As a follower of Christ, how do you think about and manage your time?

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