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Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)

 

Self-Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies

(via @jmellinger) There’s good and godly introspection, and then there’s the type that takes us down rabbit holes of toxicity. Pastor Jared Mellinger reminds us of how to tell the difference.

Unhealthy introspection is a daily threat to our joy in Christ. Many of us tend to examine ourselves in a way that is excessive, inaccurate, and leads to discouragement.

I’m failing at everything. I don’t like the way God made me. The Lord is not helping me. My service is worthless. My gifting is useless. My growth is hopeless.

Self-examining spiritual depression speaks a thousand lies. The gospel speaks a better word.

 

All it takes is effort

(via @thisissethsblog) In ministry circles, it’s easy to excuse shoddy quality because we’re under-staffed or under-budgeted. But more people and more cash don’t necessarily fix an underlying problem.

Customer service used to be a great divide. Well-off companies would heavily invest in taking care of customers, others would do the minimum (or a bit less). Of course, back then, organizations couldn’t possibly give you all the service you might dream of. They can’t all afford to answer the phone on one ring, it’s expensive to hire enough operators and train them. And they certainly can’t dedicate an operator just to you, someone who would know your history and recognize your voice.

Today, though, when more and more of our engagements are digital, it doesn’t take an endless, ongoing budget to delight people. All an organization needs to do is care enough (once) to design it properly.

 

The 5 Stages of Watching a Spider-Man Reboot

(via @theHISHEdotcom) Confession: I haven’t seen the newest one (yet). But I’ve asked my kids more than once, “Now why are they doing this again?”

 

photo credit: Jason Mathis

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