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Failures Love God More

So maybe you’ve blown the past hour: you just couldn’t remain focused and ended up wasting more time than you’d care to admit.

Maybe you blew the past day. Or year.

God has a greater plan for your failure.

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Thank God for Failure

A little while ago, I had the God-sized vision of growing the bible study class I teach from 10 to 62 people in a year.

But I bombed. A year went by and the class attendance only got about halfway there.

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Hello, My Name Is…

Let me just start right out the gate by saying that I struggle with being a good steward of my time.

And by struggle, I mean fail. Hard. Repeatedly.

I don’t say that in a cutesy way. I really mean that if you could watch a video compilation of my wasted moments, you’d think I was the last person on the planet that should have a blog about time stewardship.

I don’t even want to think about all the time I’ve wasted channel flipping, playing internet spades, aimlessly web browsing, and doing stupid task after stupid task in order to procrastinate.

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Fighting for the Best Seat

Luke 14:7-11
7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The first time I read this passage, I missed the true meaning.

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Christian Concerns with “Getting Things Done” by David Allen

As I mentioned in my review of Getting Things Done, David Allen has outlined a wonderful framework for organizing and efficiently acting on the vast amount of information in our lives. I use a modified version of Allen’s GTD system as an integral part of my personal approach.

The book has some practical shortcomings, but of particular interest to this post will be the spiritual issues of Getting Things Done. Is the book suitable for Christians?

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Book Review: A Christian Look at “Getting Things Done”

Life of a Steward rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Highly recommended.

Most books on time management and productivity are really just the same old ideas repackaged again and again. Authors have new ways of looking at the same old paradigms, but it’s rare that someone truly breaks new ground with their material. Getting Things Done
by David Allen, however, does just that.

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How Should Christians React to Worldly Productivity Books?

There’s no doubt that you’ll encounter a lot of worldliness when flipping through the pages of a book on how to be productive. Very few are explicitly geared towards Christians – and instead, most focus on helping the reader make more money or feel less stressed.

In many books, the supreme goal in life is the worldly vision of relaxing on a beach, sipping cocktails, and reminiscing about how your time management has allowed you to accomplish so much.

Other resources do have vaguely spiritual aspects – which is usually more troublesome since they often hint at a non-Christian spirituality. Some are influenced by eastern mysticism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhist philosophies. Some incredibly popular ones are tied heavily into New Age religions.

Further Trouble: Author Spirituality

To add another element into the mix, many of the authors of these methods have backgrounds in New Age movements, Mormonism, Buddhism, and a host of other religions. Sometimes the author’s religion is obvious; sometimes it’s not.

So there’s definitely some potential bad stuff out there. But the larger question remains: How should Christians react to these materials?

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Don’t Deny the Gospel: How Good Things Can Happen

This is part five of the five-part series: Don’t Deny the Gospel.

We’ve looked at how wanting to reduce stress can be a bad thing, how wanting to accomplish more can be a bad thing, and how wanting to serve God can be a bad thing.

I originally wanted to title this post Don’t Deny the Gospel: How Trying to Steward Your Time Well as an Act of Worship Can Be a Bad Thing. But I didn’t want to end out this series with such a bummer of a headline.
I also toyed with another headline: Don’t Deny the Gospel: How Can We Do Anything Good? – and I’d like to start this post by asking that question.

How can we do anything good?

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Don’t Deny the Gospel: How Wanting to Serve God Can Be a Bad Thing

This is part four of the five-part series: Don’t Deny the Gospel.

You’ve read about how we don’t want to look to time management to give us peace. And you know that money and accomplishments aren’t where we find contentment.

But now there’s a bigger trap waiting ahead.

Many Christians want to learn how to effectively manage their time so that they may be good stewards of the resources (time in this case) that God has given them. They want to please Him with their usage of time and serve Him out of a sense of gratitude.

We have reasons to be grateful. More than we can count.
The fact that we can walk, talk, and think. The fact that our hearts are beating. The fact that we have a roof over our head and food to eat.
The fact that we have a good God who loves us, who hears our prayers, and who speaks to us. The fact that He died for our sins so that we may spend eternity with Him in heaven.

Gratitude is, after all, a great thing. It’s certainly a wonderful attitude that we should cultivate.
But gratitude can often hide something that’s not wonderful – an incorrect and distorted view of the gospel.

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Don’t Deny the Gospel: How Wanting to Accomplish More Can Be a Bad Thing

This is part three of the five-part series: Don’t Deny the Gospel.

Accomplishing more. That’s the primary theme running through just about every time management book ever written.

We pick up that book or read that website on productivity because somewhere deep inside we believe that it can help us do more. And we want so much to do more.
Earn more money. Relax more. Have more fun. Achieve more. Make your dreams a reality. Fulfill God’s purpose for your life.

But if we’re looking for fulfillment in what we do – instead of who we are in Christ – we are looking in the wrong place.