Your weekly roundup of insights and resources to help you on your journey to becoming a more productive Christian.
In Today’s Issue:
- Embracing Your Productive Limits
- Marriage Prayer Guide
- An App for Cleaning Up Your Camera Roll
- Finding Clarity as a Christian Leader
- C.S. Lewis on Finitude the Worries of the World
I’ll keep it brief because I'm rushing out the door.
Today and tomorrow I'm teaching a few workshops on productivity for pastors at the E3 Pastor’s Conference in Detroit. If you happen to be there, please come say hello. I’d love to meet you!
Now onto this week's Roundup...
How Psalm 1 Helped Me Embrace Limits (4 mins)
Sophie Miller / The Gospel Coalition
An important reminder.
“Consider the blessed man described in Psalm 1. He’s certainly productive—“in all that he does, he prospers” (v. 3). Interestingly though, his life is fueled not by striving against limitations but by delighting in the law of the Lord and living within good boundaries”
“The best time to start praying for your marriage is before you say ‘I do’”
My friend Scott Kedersha, who we had on the podcast last year, has just released a wonderful new book for dating or engaged couples.
The Ready or Not Prayer Guide takes you through 100 devotions teaching biblical principles and guiding, prompting you to pray over twelve areas of your relationship such as:
- the purpose of marriage
- communication and conflict
- understanding your roles and differences
- and more
You can still snag some great pre-order bonuses if you order this week.
I came across Swipeapp this week, and they have a clever approach to solving the problem of a messy camera roll on your phone. They've basically made a game out of reviewing and deleting your photos, each day. This app is available on both iOS and Android.
The other day, I heard someone say, “there are no ‘shoulds’ in business.” And while I don’t think that is strictly true (you should not sin, at the very least), I still resonate with the sentiment.
As someone who had never run a business before, taking Redeeming Productivity from a blog and podcast I did in my spare time to a full-fledged business 2021 has been a twisting and often jarring journey of trying to figure out what I should be doing at any given time.
I think one of the most challenging parts of running a business or leading a church or really leadership in any capacity is the “shoulds.”
- What people should we hire?
- What direction should we go?
- What should we focus on?
So much of the war of leadership is simply a battle for clarity. Clarity on your direction, goals, and priorities. And are often questions without clear answers in Scripture. That’s because they are wisdom questions.
And one thing I’ve found so helpful in this journey myself is working with a Christian business and productivity coach—someone who shares my values, is steeped in the Word, and can be both a sounding board and a wise counselor. Since 2020, I’ve been meeting weekly with James Parker to work through those thorny “shoulds” so I can prioritize and find focus in both my personal life and Redeeming Productivity.
Earlier this year, James and I joined forces to offer his coaching services through Redeeming Productivity. So if you’re someone who has thought, “the Academy looks interesting, but I think I need more one-and-one help” that’s what Redeeming Productivity Coaching is here for.
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That's all for this week.
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