If Only I Had… Then I Could Obey

If Only I Had… Then I Could Obey

Have you ever found yourself in a similar circumstance, thinking to yourself, “If only I had [fill in the blank], then I could obey God better”? If only I had more time, friends who were more present, family members who weren’t so trying, a pet that wasn’t so needy, improved health, more resources, a good marriage, a church I agreed with on more theological matters, a mentor who had more time for me, this book that claims to change people’s lives, a seminary degree—then I could be a better Christ-follower. Have you ever heard that thought float through your head? I’ve heard it resound many times in my own, with a variety of things to fill the blank with.

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The Biblical Solution to Unproductivity and Laziness

The Biblical Solution to Unproductivity and Laziness

“Productivity is effectively stewarding my gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God” – Tim Challies, Do More Better, p. 16

Is that how you would define productivity? I can think of many other ways I would have previously defined productivity: accomplishing many tasks with ease, an organized way of using one’s time, effectively attacking your to-do list, perfectly managing your time and abilities…

The problem with each of those definitions is that they are void of God and others and instead filled with self. In other words, this is the worldly way of viewing productivity.

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How to do Biblical Self-Counselling

How to do Biblical Self-Counselling

I can be far too dependent upon others for growth and change. When a problem, question, decision, or sin becomes apparent in my life, my first step is to run to the comfort of others and seek their help. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this; believers within the body of Christ are meant to support and build one another up. Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (NASB).

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