This photo represents three of the things that I cherish the most; fellowship with Christian brothers, golf, and restaurants that are considered “dives.” This picture represents a great day last Saturday. We played in The Calvary Open, a great little golf tournament up north with a group of guys who have been putting the tournament on for close to 20 years. They always come down to our tournament and usually take home the trophy, so we have wanted to support theirs over the years in the same manner, except take home their trophy. The restaurant is Don’s Restaurant in Marysville. If you are in the area and looking for a good dive, it is worth the stop.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“My calling in the world is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all people through Jesus Christ.” John Piper
You will find this quote in the article below, “Six Questions To Ask Before You Binge On Netflix.” I long, with all my heart to be the man who has the passion that Piper talks about. I want to feel that way 24/7 and want it manifested in every area of my life. I fight the flesh which wars against this desire, but know that my victory is in Christ and as I keep my eyes and heart focused on him, I will succeed.
VERSE FOR THE WEEK
John 12:25 (ESV) — Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
I have noticed that my weekly Musings seem to take on particular themes. This week seems to be “what we do with our time.” I have been teaching through the Gospel of John and this past week finished Chapter 12 in a message entitled “The Glorification of Jesus.” This verse has always struck my heart. I have to be honest that there are parts of this life that I shouldn’t love so much. Understanding what Jesus meant when he said we are to “hate this life” helps us to love the life we live all the more.
“I think most Christians are so in the grip of the spirit of the age and in the grip of popular culture and popular entertainments that the kind of radical reorientation I’m talking about is almost unthinkable for them. For me to pitch into that mindset, a few little warnings from Bible verses that disapprove of certain things seems to me almost useless.”
This is one of those articles that you wish you hadn’t read, but glad you did. Piper answers questions about what kind of entertainment is alright for Christians. I especially appreciated how he addressed the question we have all asked, “What is wrong with it?”
“Be sure you plan the time, place, and context in which you will read God’s Word and pray every day. Be sure you prioritize worshipping with the local church and never allow anything to supplant it. And then, once you have put first things first, plan how and when you will do your most meaningful work throughout the week.”
Time is absolutely one of the most precious commodities (a useful and valuable thing, such as water or time) we have in this life. If you are around me for any length of time you will hear me refer to Ephesians 5:16-17, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time (emphasis mine), because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
I have read numerous articles and books on the subject of time management and productivity. In fact one of the best, if not the best is “Do More Better” by Tim Challies, the author of this article.
Take some time to thoughtfully read this article…it is outstanding and quite thorough ton how precious time is and how to use it well. Having just returned from five days in Mexico, packed to the hilt with hours and hours of ministry, it is a reminder to always be aware of how we must prioritize our time. Challies’s last few sentences sum it up best, “You came into this world with nothing and will leave this world with nothing. All that you have between the beginning and the end is a gift of God’s grace, and that includes the little dash on your tombstone. That simple line will represent the time given to you. It was given in trust with the expectation that you would take hold of it and put it to the best and highest use.”
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I confess that I am a bit of an “appaholic,” I simply love apps. My family mocks the number of apps I have on my phone always prompting me to eliminate some (maybe they’re just jealous). In fact, I recently checked my phone app downloads and admit I was a bit surprised as counted 580 which I have downloaded over the years. I am not sure how to process that number and what that means other than I might have a bit of a problem.
Having said that, my hope is that my love of apps might benefit others and if you are a reader of various articles, etc. and have trouble keeping track of them or when to read them, check out Instapaper. It is a great and useful app which I use almost daily.