I spend a lot of my time watching and reading various resources to challenge myself and to hopefully grow in different areas of my life. That's the goal anyway! I have decided to share a few of them with you each week since the weekend is a great time to take a little time for yourself to feed your mind with rich thoughts and ideas.
This week I have 3 things that I am really excited about!
1. John Piper at the 2017 Passion Conference. This is undoubtedly one of the best sermons I have ever heard. It's titled "The Ultimate Essence of Evil" which sounds daunting and probably not very enticing but he challenges us not to give into the temptation to prefer anything else other than God and His glory.
When explaining the process of making the decision to turn to things that can't really satisfy, he says "So, I have this treasure of the glory of God and I contemplate its worth, value, beauty and satisfying qualities and I say 'No! Trade it!' Exchange it for what He's made-anything good, anything evil, as long as it's not Him. We taste God and go out preferring other things."
He also challenges the young people at the conference that "the essential greatness of God's majesty is not in keeping commandments-every religion does that-but the essential greatness of God's majesty is exalted when you are satisfied in Him more than anything."
Really good stuff but it will stretch you!! The video is 47 minutes long and have a note pad handy!
2. "How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes" by Adam Leipzig / TEDx Malibu. This is a little different than the John Piper one to be sure but I really thought it was great. It is not a faith-based approach but shares the 5 things that characterize the "happy" people that he has encountered. I think you will be surprised by the focus. This video takes only a little over 10 minutes to enjoy.
3. "A Guide to Recognizing More Moments that Matter" by Erica Layne, a guest blogger at becomingminimalist.com. This great post gives practical ideas on how to live simply uncluttered lives. Enjoy!
And on that note, I am headed outside to take Finn (my wonderful 4 legged companion) for a walk!!