The other night I happened upon an article about Stéphane Breitwieser, arguably the world’s greatest art thief. What a shockingly fascinating read! The amount of art this guy stole is insane but most interesting to me was the thinking that motivated his crimes.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to an audiobook of David Platt’s book titled Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream while driving to and from work and running errands. Almost every chapter has impacted my thinking in some small way, and I’m currently listening to the chapter about world poverty and American luxury.
A few weeks ago, I was reading in Matthew 10 where Jesus chose his twelve disciples, gave them authority over demonic forces and the ability to heal all kinds of sickness, and then sent them out to preach the good news of the Kingdom and heal people.
At the beginning of this year, I decided to try listening to more audiobooks as an alternative to reading books in physical form. In 2018, I was able to get through three excellent books in audio format much more quickly than if I had attempted to read them, and I feel I got much more continuity out of the experience as well.
Our family has finally recovered from more than a week-long stomach bug that was probably norovirus. For most of us, the actual sickness didn’t last for more than a day or two (thank God!) but it took a while getting through four kids and two parents.
After breakfast this morning, my oldest son noticed that his younger sister wasn’t feeling well. She recently had the stomach flu, so she was resting on the couch and sipping ginger ale until she felt better.
This morning we didn’t go to church because of a stomach bug that has been slowly working its way through our family. Instead, I decided to look up a sermon online for our family to watch. I happened to come across the website of David Platt, and found video of a sermon he preached last year regarding the importance of valuing Christ over comfort.
After hearing a podcast episode on the Art of Manliness with the author of Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon, I was intrigued about the Apollo 8 mission and added the book to my reading list. It wasn’t until close to Christmas when I knew I’d have some time to do a bit of reading that I decided to pick it up.
I’ve recently been challenged to evaluate my thoughts for negative thinking and instead replace those thoughts with gratefulness and a positive perspective. This is especially important, because our thoughts drive the attitudes we have, the actions we take, and the words we say.