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Redeeming Productivity

How to Set God-Honoring Goals

Published 3 months ago • 5 min read

Issue #142

Your weekly roundup of insights and resources to help you on your journey to becoming a more productive Christian.

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In Today’s Issue:

  • Setting Goals God's Way
  • Lessons from the Ant
  • The Forces Fracking Our Attention
  • Advice for Seminary Students
  • Christmas Music Recommendations

Dear steward,

Now that December has rolled around, your mind is probably already on 2024.

This is the time of year in which people start dreaming about their goals for the new year. Whether it's reading your Bible more, working on your health, organizing the home, or some other endeavor, the turning of the year feels like a blank page for writing a new chapter in your life.

In the coming weeks, you’ll be bombarded with articles on how to set effective New Year’s resolutions, why New Year’s resolutions don’t work, and everything in between.

But I want to offer a different take.

What if our goals so often fall flat because we aren’t thinking about them the right way? What if we are so focused on ourselves that we aren’t designing our goals to honor God?

Christians shouldn’t set goals like the world does. But to set goals that are both God-honoring and effective, you've got to start by asking the right questions of your goals.

In this week’s video, I look at How to Set God-Honoring Goals (And Actually Reach Them). I will show you exactly how to do this by asking yourself five simple questions.


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THE ROUNDUP 🔗

The best links I found this week

Go to the Ant (13 mins)

John Piper / Desiring God

I appreciated Piper’s thoughts on learning from observing general revelation.

We observe because that’s why God gave us physical senses and spiritual senses. We understand because that’s why God gave us minds. We evaluate because God revealed himself as the measure of all worth. We feel because that’s why God gave us emotions. We apply and express because God calls us to love.

The Lower Lights Christmas Music

I married my wife in 2011. That was also the year The Lower Lights came out with their first Christmas album, Come Let Us Adore Him, and a couple of years later, they released Sing Noel. Ever since, The Lower Lights have become a Christmas staple in our home while decorating the tree or baking cookies.

They do wonderfully folksy renditions of classic Christmas carols and many Christmas songs you may never have heard of before.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Powerful Forces Are Fracking Our Attention. We Can Fight Back (6 mins)

D. Graham Burnett, Alyssa Loh, Peter Schmidt / The New York Times

Some interesting insights into how educators think about fighting against shrinking attention spans.

We are witnessing the dark side of our new technological lives, whose extractive profit models amount to the systematic fracking of human beings: pumping vast quantities of high-pressure media content into our faces to force up a spume of the vaporous and intimate stuff called attention, which now trades on the open market. Increasingly powerful systems seek to ensure that our attention is never truly ours.

Sinclair Ferguson’s Advice for Those Entering Seminary (4 mins)

Sinclair Ferguson / Ligonier

There are some great nuggets of wisdom in this short video.

SOMETHING I LIKE 👍

The Creative Disciple Newsletter

I’ve been enjoying Jacob Abshire’s Creative Disciple Newsletter.

Each week he shares interesting resources, new articles, and more. I especially like the beautiful device wallpapers he creates. I think you’ll appreciate Jacob's unique combination of theologically rich content and great design aesthetics.

What’s more, Jacob has generously made his book God Breaks His Silence available as a free download for the Christmas season. It’s a reflection on the advent of Christ that can be used both as a group study guide or as a devotional reading for individuals.

WHAT'S NEW ✨

On Redeeming Productivity

How to Set God-Honoring Goals (And Actually Reach Them) (8 mins)

There's a big difference between setting a goal and setting a good goal. These five questions will help you craft goals that are God-honoring, specific, and achievable.

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A DOSE OF WISDOM

Quote of the Week

It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.

John Piper

Don't Waste Your Life

FINAL WORD 👋

Thanks for reading!

Last thing before you go...

Just wanted to remind you to register for my free Plan Your 2024 for the Glory of God Workshop next Friday.

We’ve already had over 500 people register, and our webinar platform only allows 1,000 people. So if you’re interested in coming, don’t wait to register!

And, yes, please share this with whoever you like.

Hope to see you there!

Reagan Rose

P.S. I'd love to hear from you. Just hit reply to let me know what you thought of this week's newsletter, share link ideas for future issues, or just say hello!


Reagan Rose

I talk about personal productivity from a Christian perspective. Creator of ​Redeeming Productivity​.


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