Whether it looks like throwing on sweatpants and laying around on the couch or serving a neighbour by mowing their lawn, Sabbath takes work. When you work hard at it, your effort can fuel all the other work that you do.
The rejection of technology is not for rejection’s sake, or for old time’s sake. It is not nostalgia, but a reclaiming of what makes us human.
So then, if true productivity is about embarking upon good works that bless others, and if the digital age is getting in the way of our own effectiveness in self-management and communication, what is the way forward?
Order. Disorder. Reorder is the pattern for all human growth. It’s the growing pain of how we mature. It’s the life-giving cycle of spiritual development.
Making decisions in life can be complicated, sometimes overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simple test to help you make the right decision
For Christians, practicing discipline should have a greater goal than increased productivity and personal benefit. The Christian idea of discipline is about shaping your life according to the heart, character, and will of God.
It’s easy to let the pressure of school turn you into a grumpy, smelly, sweatpants-wearing ball of stress – but you don’t have to! Taking the time and effort to care for yourself will boost your self-confidence.
It’s that time of year again… the carolers are singing, the lights on the tree twinkling, and although we can take or leave the sleigh, many of us end up dashing through the snow.
The Christmas season is here, and if you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get swept up into the holiday events and gift giving, overwhelmed by the pressures of our materialistic, Santa-loving culture. To stay sane this time around, here are some bits of wisdom I’m finding to be even better than my family’s stocking-stuffers I’ll soon be wrapping.
When someone commits to brewing good coffee, that means they are willing to take the time to do it well. It means they focus on the process instead of just the destination. The automated world has made it so easy to skip over the process. You want something done? Just hit a button and it’s finished. Keurig does it for coffee, but it happens with bills, banking, shopping, dating even. Even churches are trying to tap into this inconvenience-free world of destination over process.
I wondered aloud to my mother if I could start to trust life again. If I could start to live without looking over my shoulder,
waiting for it to fall apart again, as it had so many times. I can’t remember her exact words but they were
completely clear. These two streams cannot flow together. A life “lived” in fear or lived in freedom. It’s
one or the other, and every time you make a decision in fear, you go further down the path of just