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.
I’ve been pondering the idea of “Christian Essentialism” lately, and one topic that’s come to the forefront of my attention is self-discipline. In order to effectively put your energy towards one goal, you need the willpower and discipline to stay focused even when things get boring and mundane…
Just last week, I finished reading Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, a book I received as a birthday gift earlier this year. I had heard an interview with McKeown on the Art of Manliness podcast last year, and the idea of “essentialism” had hit a chord with me right at the time I was considering dumbing down my phone and simplifying life.
At a church potluck on Sunday, I was challenged during conversation with another father not to give in to the lure of mindless entertainment. For much of my life, I’ve allowed “entertainment” to have some room to grow; it’s OK to indulge in entertainment as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. In college, I stopped playing video games because I saw what a waste of time they were. But I still indulge in an iPhone game every so often…
This morning, my oldest son drew a picture in his notebook about the church in China that showed worshippers praying in a church, with government soldiers looking in the windows, presumably preparing to disrupt the service.
Today’s Bible reading led me to Romans 4, where Paul describes Abraham’s belief in God being different from the “works” of those who are trusting in their own righteousness.
Over lunch today, I read this article from Desiring God about what you look at. The message was especially relevant for our day