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Things to Remember On Your Very Worst Day—Jayson Bradley
The Holmes and Rahe stress scale lists the most stressful life situations in order of “life-change units.” These life-change units affect the chance that various events will negatively impact your health. At the top of the list with 100 units is “death of a spouse.”
Here’s where it gets tricky. You might think that if you’ve already walked through the hell of a top-tier stress, you now have the strength to endure everything below it on the list. But that’s just not true. Each life crisis is unique and doesn’t always give us the stamina for the next one.
How Millennials Can Be Happy Again—Samuel James
Good stuff from Sam.
It was the pastor Martyn Lloyd Jones who said, “Have you realized that most of the unhappiness in your life is caused by your listening to yourself rather than preaching to yourself?” His point was not that depression and anxiety are remedied by constant muttering or inane “self-value” pep speeches; rather, Dr. Jones’s point was that most of the most precious truths that give us strength, humility and grace are not things we instinctively rehearse in our minds on a Monday morning. Rather, our inner thoughts and feelings tend to be formed by oscillating emotions, daily challenges and struggles, and the extremities of our personalities. To speak grace and truth into our lives, then, means going outside ourselves and consciously doing so.
Motherhood: Transformation by Interruption—Sarah Bessey
Here you go, moms.
By nature, by nurture, and by training, I’m a planner. I’ve always been able to make a plan, work a plan, stick to a plan. It’s one of my greatest strengths, a dedication that has served me well in everything from my former work in strategic development and marketing to my life now as a writer and a mother.
I can attest to the writer of Proverbs that it is wise to “do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house” (Prov. 24:27, NLT). I love an organized spreadsheet and a strong vision-mission-purpose statement. I will probably always be a planner because I find God there: it’s the gospel of joining with God to bring order out of chaos, perhaps.
You know, if you actually want to watch a good fight.