Balanced Life

How to Have an Excellent Day of Rest

We talk a lot in contemporary Christian culture about rest – about taking one day out of seven to cease from our work.

But our focus tends to be on the quantity of our rest time rather than the quality.

We think that we’ll be refreshed just because we don’t go to the office or because we don’t check our email for a 24-hour period.

But excellent leisure is about more than what we cease from. It’s about what we are partaking in. It is a very active process in its own way.

And we limit the enjoyment we have – and the glory that God can receive – when we don’t rest well.

Biblical Worldview

Are You Ignoring a Major Path for God’s Wisdom?

Do you want to know a surefire way to waste 10 years of your life?

Spend time learning things on your own that you could’ve learned from a mentor.

This isn’t just practical common sense – it’s a biblical concept.

The Bible speaks clearly about gathering wisdom from reading God’s word. But that’s not the only source that God has given us to instruct us.

A major way that God communicates his wisdom to us is other people.

It seems obvious, I know. But really meditate on it for a while. The implications are staggering.

Biblical Worldview

Is Your Checkbook the Best Measure of Your Stewardship?

The following is a guest post from Dave Moser.

“Money is the currency of Christian Hedonism. What you do with it – or desire to do with it – can make or break your happiness forever. The Bible makes clear that what you feel about money can destroy you.” – John Piper in Desiring God

You hear this advice everywhere in Christian circles. It’s typically stated, “Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your checkbook, and I’ll tell you what your priorities are.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find this advice helpful at all. This proverb/advice/guilt trip assumes that money is the most reliable indicator of how we steward the resources God entrusts to us.

This may be true of some people. But it isn’t true of me.

Balanced Life Systems & Tips

Motivation Isn’t Always the Answer in Goals

There are lots of right ways to have goals. And lots of wrong ways.

The biggest mistake I see – a mistake I’ve made too many times myself – is to focus too much on the first pillar of goal-setting: motivation.

Let me make this clear: I think that motivation is the most important pillar. The raw emotion and drive is what holds the rest of the system together.

So it makes sense that we focus on motivation. But that can lead to failure.


Dealing with the Fear of Organization and To-Do Lists – Episode 13

Duration 20:44

A listener Emailed me a question about feeling a sense of dread and overwhelm whenever he started trying to get organized.

The obligations were so many. The tasks were piled high. The stress was mind-numbing.

He sensed that there were spiritual issues lurking in the background – so how could he pray and meditate on scriptures to effectively overcome this?

In this episode, we take a look at how the seriousness of our sin and the power of the gospel mean that we’re given certain promises when we face overwhelming stress and nervous feelings as we try to be productive, to get organized, and to steward our time well.

Systems & Tips

The Three and a Half Pillars of Goal Setting

Too many people over-think when it comes to goal setting.

I can understand. There are dozens of different approaches out there. Each expert promises that their goal setting method is the critical factor in success.

And goals are important. I would say they’re crucial. But they’re not magic.

Goals deliver three major benefits (and one minor, optional benefit). I call them the three and a half pillars of goal setting.

Understand these three and a half simple concepts, and you’ll be able to effectively harness the power of goals.

Biblical Worldview

Piper: The Devil Says All Truth Is God’s Truth

I’ve written before about how Christians are to approach secular productivity books.

There are often many things that need to be corrected and reoriented towards a Christian worldview, but yet Christians can fully utilize productivity approaches, concepts, and tools that come from secular society.

In fact, worldly time management methods and technology can actually be seen as gifts from God. All good things come from God. All truth comes from God.

We can thank God for leading secular thinkers to develop these tools and systems and can then employ them for our uses with thanksgiving towards God.

But there’s a deeper layer which we need to consider.

Biblical Worldview

Lessons from Facing the Firing Squad

Imagine that you live in a time and place where Christianity is illegal.

You face a firing squad as your executioners give you one more chance to deny Christ and save your life.

Cold and cruel eyes stare at you. Dirty gun barrels aim your way.

What emotions would you be feeling? What thoughts would be running through your mind? What prayers would be upon your lips?

Systems & Tips

The Problem with Margin

The Problem with Margin

It’s wise to leave a little space, or margin, in our day.

Between meetings, deadlines, and our normal tasks, overscheduling to the hilt leaves us frustrated – not to mention constantly dropping the ball.

Even if they aren’t specifically planned, most people normally have some small windows of time in between appointments,

Although this time to catch our breath is nice – and although it’s wise to intentionally schedule this time in our day – margin comes with a potential problem.

Biblical Worldview

Stewardship: Small to Large & Things to People

The following is a guest post from Michael Holmes.

I love laws.

No, not “traffic laws” or the stuff they make up “up there on the hill.” I’m talking about natural laws, or principles.

I love these laws because (unlike people and life) they’re timely, timeless, inflexible, and will always produce a certain outcome. Like the law of gravity or the law of cause and effect.