⏳Midlife crisis, working from home, and the dangers of success

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I’m so thankful that I get to talk about the vital topic of productivity from a Christian worldview full-time.  Thanks so much for reading and thanks for your support! I pray this ministry is a blessing to you.

Okay, enough mushy stuff. Let’s get into this week’s Roundup!

🧑‍💻The Roundup

Midlife Clarity: Five Proverbs for Men in Crisis (7 mins)

“In sum, Piper captures midlife as ‘a critical stage in life when physical changes, marital stresses, children’s challenges, vocational aspirations, and the burdens of success (or failure) create the conditions for meltdown.’”

(David Mathis / Desiring God)

Apple’s Director of Machine Learning Resigns Due to Return to Office Work (1 min)

It’s been fascinating to watch the transformation of office work as a result of COVID-19. A lot of big companies are just now attempting to return to in-person work and I’ve heard many stories of people choosing to leave their jobs rather than give up working from home. This one is a rather high-profile case, given that it’s Apple and Ian Goodfellow is one of the top people currently working in AI.

(Sami Fathi / MacRumors)

Keys To Knowing God’s Will for Your Life (3 mins)

“Your greatest focus should always be on whatever is plainly his will right now. Better than focusing on what God may have for you a year or a decade in the future is doing what God has provided for you today.”

(Tim Challies)

Readwise Now Lets you Save Twitter Bookmarks Automatically

Readwise is one of my favorite tools for aggregating quotes and snippets of information from books, articles, and other sources all into one place.

They’ve added a lot of new features since I did my video on Readwise last year. But this week I discovered one of the latest features: the ability to capture your Twitter bookmarks into Readwise automatically.

Also, if you ever want to check out Readwise for yourself, use my link and we’ll both get a free month.


Success is Dangerous (3 mins)

“Sometimes God’s people succeed greatly at things he hasn’t actually called them to do, but sometimes in his strange wisdom he grants extraordinary, legitimate successes to his children. But with such glories should come many cautions. We all prefer success to failure but, really, success is more dangerous.”

(Jared C. Wilson / For the Church)

So the $35 sculpture you got at Goodwill was looted from a museum during WWII. Now what? (5 mins)

This is just a fascinating story.

“Back at home, Young had a problem: She was in possession of a looted piece of ancient art. She couldn’t keep it. She couldn’t sell it. And giving it back to its rightful owners was a lot harder than it sounds.”

(Matt Largey / KUT)

🖋Quote of the Week

“What does it say about me that I’m frequently overwhelmed? What do I need to learn about myself? What biblical promises am I not believing? What divine commands am I ignoring that I should obey? What self-imposed commands am I obeying that I should ignore?”

– Kevin DeYoung

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⌛️That’s All for this Week

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