⏳Teaching Kids About the Goodness of Work

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Dear steward,

Wishing you a happy and productive Thursday!

I ran into some technical issues with my website this morning. So this newsletter is going out a little later than usual and I’m keeping the intro bit here short and sweet :)

Hope you enjoy this edition of the Roundup!

✨ New on Redeeming Productivity

▶️ The Benefits of Staying in Your Lane (3 mins)

Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Are you stewarding them well?

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New episode with Marci Ferrell from Thankful Homemaker drops on Monday.

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🧑‍💻The Roundup

25 Chores to Teach Kids About the Goodness of Work (4 mins)

When we work alongside our kids with prayer and patience, we don’t need to say a lot to explain that what we’re doing is good. It’s self-evident. But sometimes a well-timed comment or explanation can help remind them—and us—of the glorious goodness of work well done. Here are a few ideas to get you started.”

(Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra / The Gospel Coalition)

The 4 Notetaking Styles: How to Choose a Digital Notes App as Your Second Brain (6 mins)

“Though your style can and will change over time, I’ve found that most people have a ‘home base’ where they get started. As your confidence builds you can always learn to master the other styles as well. But for now, choose a notes app that aligns with how your brain works.”

(Tiago Forte / Forte Labs)

Pastor, What Are Your 30-Year Goals? (4 mins)

“In ministry, it’s very easy to overestimate what can happen in the short-term and underestimate what can happen in the long-term. You make your 5-year goals. Maybe those goals are disappointed; maybe they’re met. But maybe the real test of fruitfulness (the fruit that remains) is yet to come. Maybe it’s measured in compounding harvests. The ministry you’re doing right now may have its real effect 10 years from now, even 20 years from now. The fruit you’re seeing right now may have been planted 10 years ago. So our vision for ministry needs to be broader and longer. What should be your 30-year goals for your church?”

(Matt Foreman / Reformation 21)

Truly Private Email with Skiff

Stumbled across this new open-source, private email service. I’ve been using Proton for encrypted emails, but I’m excited to see where Skiff is headed. I love that you can log in using a web3 browser wallet and there seems to be a good team behind the project.

“Skiff Mail is end-to-end encrypted email that protects your inbox and gives you the power to communicate freely.”

Social Media Shepherds (2 mins)

“We’ve put our pastors in a competition they can’t win. They can’t beat the collective internet if the prize is most time, most access, most influence, most ability or most wisdom. So, what have they got? Your pastor is your pastor.”

(Leah Campbell / The Gospel Coalition Canada)

🖋Quote of the Week

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.

– Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

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