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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Do Less, Better

Although I call myself a writer and a speaker, I really consider myself simply a learner. I love to read and study, and I love to go to conferences and hear other speakers. If it were up to me, I'd just sit around and absorb all this good information for myself. But this would be selfish, right? Jesus says, "Love your neighbor."

And so I'm compelled to pass on to others what I learn -- and this happens through writing and speaking. And that's what this "blog" is all about. I don't promote it (as you can tell by my whopping 13 followers) but simply use it to pass on things that I've learned.

Today I'd like to mention two books that mentored me and changed my life: "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon MacDonald and "Margin" by Dr. Richard Swenson.

These books teach about time management and making priorities. MacDonald's book encourages us to run our lives instead of letting life run us. Swenson's book reminds us that we need to plan "down" time - not cram as much as we can into our day but leave some breathing room. The result when combined: a peaceful and productive life. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, I encourage you to check out these books.

2 comments:

  1. These sound great. I pray often for God's perfect order in my life. I tend to go in spurts of lots of down time and then lots of cramming. Maybe Im bi-polar. Will have to pick these up and read them.
    XO

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  2. I so hear what you say about being an eternal student! I love learning new things and often, once I've accomplished something, the desire for it disappears! I have had to learn to focus on the things that are really important and was so blessed to be able to study a proper theology bachelors now for the last three years - God and His Word is not a subject I ever tire of or lose interest in!! Studying His Word fills me with enthusiasm and energy. I have the opportunity to teach at our church's Bible school next year and am excited to share what God has taught me and keeps teaching me - and I know sharing is the best way to learn.

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