One Reason Why You Shouldn’t Downplay the Sin of Wasted Time

Drawbacks to Downplaying the Sin of Wasted Time

I’ve written before about how we tend to minimize the sin of wasting time. We convince ourselves it’s no big deal.

We do that in order to avoid the devastation we feel when we look at God’s perfect standard. But our strategy backfires and we end up missing the life-changing freedom of the gospel.

The problem goes further, though. There are other ways that this plays out. When we downplay our sin, we can actually miss out on some of the blessings that God has for us.

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The Crucial Difference in Motives: Being or Feeling – Episode 15

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Duration 12:39

Do you sincerely want to be a certain way? Or just feel a certain way?

Is there even a difference?

In this episode of the podcast, I talk about this important distinction in our motives. It’s a problem that I’ve observed in myself and in many others – and discovering this difference is a simple concept that can change your life.
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How to Master Goals and Keep Them from Ruining Your Life

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It’s that time again. Time to dial in those goals and aspirations for a new year.

Time to decide where we want to be this time next year.

Time to resolve to do what’s necessary to get there.

But that approach can end up frustrating you, guilt-tripping you, and even wrecking your life.

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Be Productive Because God Is Productive

Be Productive Because God Is Productive

The root of bringing God glory is imitating God’s character.

This isn’t true just with what we would think of as morality (not stealing, not lying, not murdering) but is also true with several areas that often don’t get discussed nearly enough.

We rest because God rests. We work because God works. We love because God loves.

We are productive because God is productive.
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Delete Your Facebook App and Take Back Your Productivity

Delete Your Facebook App

The following is a guest post from Grayson Pope.

You know what it’s like. That overwhelming desire to check Facebook. Maybe you got a new message, or maybe someone wrote on your wall.

So, of course, you check it.

But at what cost?

Well, that cost is becoming more and more clear as the numbers develop and our online habits are studied.

In a word, the cost is simple — time. And it may be more time than you think.

That’s why I recently deleted my Facebook app and took back my productivity.
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Laziness: Unpacking the Biblical View

The Apostle Paul gives a stern command against laziness in 2 Thessalonians chapter 3.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-8
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.

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Building a Productivity Utility Belt Unique to You

I think a lot of people approach productivity the wrong way.

They look for all-inclusive systems. They tout this author’s method or this group’s philosophies. It’s like a martial artist debating over whether karate, kung fu, or judo is the superior system.

In reality, productivity is highly individualized. Everyone assembles the random tips and tricks that work for them – a productivity utility belt that is unique to them. These vary from person to person, situation to situation.
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From Andy Stanley to David Allen: Four Qualities of a Leader

The following is a guest post from Mike St. Pierre.

Great leaders are like icebergs – there is a lot underneath the surface.  I visited Andy Stanley’s church in Atlanta last year for a Catalyst One Day event.  Having been fascinated by Stanley’s approach to ministry, I thought I would see for myself the platform that he’s built at NorthPoint.  I left with a deep sense of admiration.  Every detail was thought out and, as a Catholic, I wished every pastor could attend one of NorthPoint’s events.

A year earlier, I attended a David Allen workshop in Boston.  As with Stanley, I had studied Allen’s approach to productivity and wanted to see the show for myself.  While I knew that he wasn’t a Christian, his approach to life and work fascinated me.  Once again, I was impressed and left with a check list of items to implement and work into my daily life.

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The Secret to Effective and Joyful Self-Discipline

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A friend of mine is an avid runner.

She’s so dedicated that some would say she’s addicted.

She feels uneasy if she hasn’t run in a few days and has confessed that, in the past, it was a battle for her to do other things (such as read her Bible) instead of run in the morning.

She’s extremely disciplined.

But she loves it.

Her feelings towards running always intrigued me, because I’m the type of person who would probably rather go to the dentist than run in the morning.

What can I learn from her about loving to exercise?

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Commuting like Christ and the Blessings of Travel Time – Episode 14

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We tend to look at commuting as a necessary evil. It’s the gap in between the important and meaningful parts of our life where we get stuff done.

Our approach, therefore, is to do everything we can to remain productive and get the most out of our travel time.

But looking at Christ gives us a very different view about how he approached commuting.

In this episode, we take a look at the differences between the way Jesus commuted and how we travel today. We’ll also look at a few practical ways that we could view our travelling as a blessing and commute like Jesus.

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