This blog grows out of my conviction that every aspect of our lives is sacred and is to be nurtured and celebrated as a good gift of God. Most of the posts will be the sorts of things you would expect from a historian and worldview teacher, but some are likely to be a bit surprising. Since God created all things good, including all aspects of human life, everything is interesting and important from the perspective of a biblical worldview. Everything under the Sun and under Heaven is thus fair game here. I hope you find it interesting and enjoyable.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
- Did you write down your goals and review them daily (ideally rewriting them)? If so, have you discovered anything new about them? Did you modify them in any way, or are you happy with them the way they were? If they need refinement, no would be a good time to think through how you should adjust them.
- Did you put in place a new habit for each of your goals? If so, is the habit well established by now? If not, keep at it for another month. If so, is the habit helping you make reasonable progress toward your goal? Do you want to stick with that habit or add something else to it this month?
- Did you enlist others to help you be accountable for your goals and habits?
Remember, if nothing changes, nothing changes. If you want this year to be better than the last, you need to get on it now, doing the small things that compound to make big changes over time. If you haven’t read Olson’s The Slight Edge, you really should. And remember the quote from Aristotle: “We are what we do habitually. Excellence, then, is a habit.” Let’s strive for excellence in all areas of our lives.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
- Love of learning
- Social intelligence
- Forgiveness and mercy
- Appreciation of beauty and excellence
This study led to a movement called “positive psychology” that believes that practicing these traits will improve psychological and even physical health. The movement’s handbook is Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (American Psychological Association, 2004).
(Thanks to Michael Lee Stallard, Fired Up or Burned Out, from which I learned about positive psychology.)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
- Lie on your back.
- Keep your left leg straight and on the ground, and bend your right leg at the knee.
- Bring your right thigh toward your chest and notice how close you can get it.
- Lower and straighten your right leg.
- Keeping the right leg straight, bring it toward your chest again.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
- Have you written them down?
- Have you reviewed them daily?
- Have you shared them with anyone and enlisted their support?
- Have you taken steps each day toward your goals?
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Our mind provides food for the soul as we spend time pondering ideas and allow them to captivate our attention, as we build meaningful relationships with other people, and as our words filter into our subconscious. Over time, these activities will capture our imagination, shape our values and convictions, and inform our will to pursue those things that we truly value.