Five @ Free Flow Friday

imagesIt’s the first 5 @ FFF of 2014. My twitter feed, inbox, and blog favorites were consumed with thoughts for personal and spiritual improvement in the new year. Five of my favorites are included here.

Happy Friday everybody. . . and Happy New Year!

#1. How to Be Productive in 2014 by Matt Perman

The Bible speaks very highly of planning. For example, Proverbs tells us to “commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3) and that “the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5). . . It’s impossible to keep fifty goals in front of you, but it is possible to keep three goals in front of you. If you add to this the discipline of reviewing your goals and updating them regularly, then with prayer, discipline, and creativity, it is possible to make your goals happen. With that in mind, here’s what I call the “3-3-4″ system for setting goals for the year that you can actually accomplish.”


#2. Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones by Paul Tripp

You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn’t rule our little moments and doesn’t work to recreate us in the middle of them, then there is no hope for us, because that is where you and I live. The little moments of life are profoundly important precisely because they are the little moments that we live in and that form us. This is where I think “Big Drama Christianity” gets us into trouble. It can cause us to devalue the significance of the little moments of life and the “small-change” grace that meets us there. And because we devalue the little moments where we live, we don’t tend to notice the sin that gets exposed there. We fail to seek the grace that is offered to us.”

Without doubt, the best article I read this week. In fact, it’s the best article I’ve read in a long, long time. 

#3. The Most Important Skill for 2014 . . . and Beyond by Adam Jeske

  • “We are overwhelmed with information because of Google.
  • We are overwhelmed with relationships because of Facebook.
  • We are overwhelmed with interruptions because of our phones.
  • We are overwhelmed with videos because of YouTube.
  • We are overwhelmed with music because of iTunes.
  • We are overwhelmed with TV because of Netflix.
  • We are overwhelmed with options because of Amazon.

In 2014, in our hyper-overwhelmed, affluent, media-saturated culture, the scarce resource is attention. So we need to learn a new skill…The most important skill for 2014 is deciding what you will pay attention to.”

Good, good word of wisdom. In these times, deciding what we will choose to pay attention to is of utmost importance. 


#4. Some Thoughts on the Reading of Books by Al Mohler

Maintain regular reading projectsI strategize my reading in six main categories: Theology, Biblical Studies, Church Life, History, Cultural Studies, and Literature. I have some project from each of these categories going at all times. I collect and gather books for each project and read them over a determined period of time. This helps to discipline my reading, and it also keeps me working across several disciplines.”

Need some insight on how to form a disciplined reading plan for the year? Look no further. Great thoughts from a master reader himself. 


#5. 4 Godly Disciplines Unique to this Decade by Clint Archer

There are no new sins, only more diverse and efficient ways of committing them. Before we let the mainstream of 21st Century culture catch us in its current, let’s hit pause for a moment and get our bearings. Perhaps it’s time to swim against the information flow. Here are four godly disciplines to pursue in 2014 that have taken on a unique significance in the last five to ten years.

1. Pluck the I out of your iPhone.

2. Favor face time over Facebook

3. Tweet to edify, not attract attention.

4. Add value, not noise.



5 thoughts on “Five @ Free Flow Friday

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    My wife gets upset with me for this, “Write in your books; mark them up and make them yours. Books are to be read and used, not collected and coddled. (Make an exception here for those rare antiquarian books that are treasured for their antiquity. Mark not thy pen on the ancient page, and highlight not upon the manuscript.) Invent your own system or borrow from another, but learn to have a conversation with the book, pen in hand.”

  2. Libby says:

    I love Rodney’s comment! I try to use a different color ink when I re-read a book. That way I can distinguish old comments from new ones.

  3. Libby says:

    I do not always have time to read all of the articles that you write about in your blog, but today I took the time to read four of them. All four were very good. All four were very helpful and worth the time spent reading them! Thanks!!

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