You can rest and not feel guilty about it – make an “enough list”

No one expects the hero to be fighting bad guys day and night with no rest, that’s just not feasible. But, how often do we expect that of ourselves? Enter: the Enough List. Make a list of things that once you’ve done them, you’ve done enough for the day, you don’t have to feel guilty about being done and resting.

Busy isn’t a status symbol

“I’m busy, really busy.” You can almost see a smug grin behind the exhaustion, a grin that says ‘look at me, look at all the things I’m doing, I’m important’. Ask someone how they’re doing and that’s the answer you might get, or maybe something similar. “I’m just trying to keep my head above water” or “I’ve got a lot on my plate.” Being busy has become a status symbol.

I, of course, don’t think that’s a good idea. Even as I’m busy, as I overcommit, as I fall into the same mindset, I see the danger in it.

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Ever had a vacation where you’re more tired after than before?

That’s not what leisure is supposed to be like

You were hoping to be rested and recharged after your vacation. But now you’re even more tired, even more drained. And it doesn’t just happen with vacations (which are extended breaks), it happens with short breaks too. What gives?

Super short answer: not everything is life-giving. Shocking, I know.

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Watch what you watch

I’m pretty sure this video will make you mad, cuz I’m making the claim that maybe there are some shows and movies and songs you shouldn’t watch / listen to. But what we consume shapes us, so we need to watch what we watch. There’s no list of “watch / don’t watch”, but you can apply general principles: does it show evil as evil (or pass off evil as good)? And does it bring you closer to God?