As has become our ritual, here’s some links from the blog and around the web for your Friday. Run across anything good this week? Share it in the comments section.
ON THE BLOG:
Trevor talked about we try to impress with busyness, but are left feeling empty:
No tasks to perform, no need to impress. He is glad we exist, so He just wants to hold us. It is the cure to our busyness problem.
Because when I begin to believe my existence is what gives me worth and value to God, I stop going to other places to get my importance. And that includes (perhaps most importantly) my busyness.
Allen discussed how time is not money:
This moment has a beauty all its own because it is all we have. Maybe this is what God had in mind for the Sabbath. If we stop, then we realize that this moment is not one to be traded away. God is found in the present. Now is not a means, but an end.
Niki Nowell joined us with a guest post about the amount of impact we have on each other:
That’s true for you no matter who you are and what you do in this life. You are changing the people around you just by being you. That’s pretty significant. And it’s okay if you need reminders now and then. They may be as bizarre as a screen saver or as sweet as a greeting card, but they come when we need them, because we are loved, and we all matter. We need to say it and live it.
And Trevor thinks we need more break-up songs in church:
The reason for this is that we often come to church and spend all of our time stuffing down our darkness and brokenness. When we have bad days, or we encounter our own darkness, or are harmed by the brokenness of others, we go to church and have to smile and pretend like it didn’t happen.
AROUND THE WEB:
Of course we have something from the Storyline blog — Donald Miller talks about being a person of influence.
Still feeling the after-effects of the election? C. Christopher Smith has a great article in Relevant about how Christians can move on, The Urgent Need for Slow Politics.
On the Red Letter Christians blog, Christian Piatt discusses learning about our ideas of fairness from comedian Louis C.K. (“the only time you need to worry about what’s in your neighbor’s bowl is if you’re checking to make sure they have enough.”)
Here’s an interesting article in Time about why suicide rates are higher in richer neighborhoods. Hint: we compare ourselves to each other way too much.
Sarah Bessey is an amazing writer and this is one of my favorite things she’s ever written: In which I tell you the truth about telling the truth.
And finally, an inspiring video from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson featuring Dr. Cornel West. It’s amazing – check it out: