Social Media: One of the dangers of social media is that you will constantly compare yourself to others, how they look, what they are accomplishing, etc. It can become a “thief” and steal the following:
- Contentment in God who has a different path for each person
- Joy in the small steps that you have taken
- Thankfulness for what you do have, where you are at, and where you are not
- Peace of mind
Writing and the Last 20%: Whether it is a Ph.D. thesis, a substantial article, or a book, the last 20% of the process is brutal. One is tired of writing, has looked at it dozens of times, and is simply ready to breathe and eventually move on to something else. But this is also the danger zone. Due to impatience and the desire to be done, one can fail to closely examine what is written in order to make the last few modifications that could make a significant difference. Stay the course. Finish strong.
Friendship: Some friendships are for a short time, some are for a season, and some for a lifetime. It is crucial to make this distinction for all involved. This also translates to there being nothing wrong with letting a friendship go when necessary.
Verse for the Day: As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:18–19). Jesus, who is a bit unpredictable to say the least, told the man: “Nope. You can’t come. You can’t follow me. That is not for you. You go home. Be a light there.” Oh Lord, let us hear your voice, obey with delight, and find you in the ordinary places.