Monday Start: Resources for the Week

A powerful post

Don’t miss this post by Ann Voskamp regarding her recent trip to Uganda and her visit with Katie Davis.  Davis, is the 24 year old mother of 13 Ugandan children.

Same outfit?

On a different note, check out this story about the school teacher who wore the same outfit for school pictures for 40 years.  (Be sure to see the Dallas News video.  Amazing!

Divorce

See this interesting study “The Gray Divorce Revolution:  Rising Divorce among Middle-aged and Older Adults, 1990-2009.”

Work

Interesting piece posted on the Qideas website “Stop Apologizing for Caring What You Do” by Katherine Leary Alsdorpf.

 

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habits(During July, the post which will appear each Thursday is a re-post.  The following is part of a series in which I list a number of healthy habits for people (and particularly church leaders).  Perhaps you missed this piece when it was first posted.  Or, you may find that it is helpful to read this again given where you are in your life and ministry.

Habit #1 Practice self-awareness.

With whom am I spending time? I have to monitor just how much time I spend with negative, critical people. Too much time spent with others who are constantly griping and complaining will sure enough drain me of energy. I have a friend who described one preacher as so negative that his sermons on grace had a negative edge. Yet, I can’t listen to (what seems like) an endless stream of negative talk because it really does impact me.

What am I putting into my mind? On a typical day, I talk (email, phone call, personal conversation) with people about matters that are very serious. Someone has learned that they have cancer. Someone else is deeply concerned about personal financial debt. Still another is wrestling with marriage issues. At the end of the day, it is easy to go home and immerse myself in the national news, which much of the time is going to be very negative. As a result, I have to be very intentional about what I put into my mind. I can’t think about sad and tragic situations all of the time.

Often I make sure I watch something funny on television. I might watch a good ball game. I might read a biography, especially one that is not filled with tragedy. What I put into my mind really does matter.