⏳Reagan’s Roundup #75

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Dear steward,

This week, I’m recording the audiobook version of Redeeming Productivity. It’s the first time I’ve looked at the book in a few months. And it’s got me all excited again about sharing with you very soon!

The book is scheduled to be released on October 4th. But I’ll let you know as the date draws nearer. Also, you can snag a nice little discount right now if you pre-order directly from Moody Publishers.

Want to hear something kind of mind-blowing?

36% of people making over $250k/year live paycheck to paycheck.

We could point to a lot of factors. Certainly, we’d need to account for people who live in very expensive regions of the country. And obviously, we’d expect to see these numbers rising right alongside inflation.

But spending nearly everything you earn is not some new phenomenon.

The truth is most people spend most of what they earn, regardless of how much they make. We can’t just blame the economy. We need to look inward.

We’ve got a contentment problem.

In this week’s post, I shared 3 reminders for the next time you find yourself feeling envious, disappointed, or just plain discontent. Just remember:

  • Paul’s Secret
  • Jesus’ Promise
  • Your Inheritance

You can read the entire post here, The Elusiveness of Contentment.

Now, let’s get into the rest of this week’s roundup!

✨ New on Redeeming Productivity

✍️ The Elusiveness of Contentment (4 mins)

3 reminders for when you find yourself feeling envious, disappointed, or just plain discontent.

🎙Retirement Stewardship with Chris Cagle (59 mins)

How do we plan for the future without falling in love with money? How can believers view retirement as a stewardship instead of just some kind of permanent vacation? In this episode, I speak with Chris Cagle, of Retirement Stewardship, about the principles Christians can use to be wise and intentional about retirement and honor God in the process.

P.s. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Redeeming Productivity Show so you don’t miss an episode.

▶️ How Dustin Benge Grew a 75,000 Twitter Following Just Posting Truth (15 mins)

Dustin Benge shares how he utilizes Twitter and other social media platforms to glorify God and build up the church.

🧑‍💻The Roundup

Take Time to Be Unproductive: How Busyness Can Waste a Life (6 mins)

“What if God doesn’t expect us to be productive every moment? What if growing comfortable with slowness, with quiet, with not filling every moment can help reconnect us to God, others, and even with our own humanity? That’s at least worth thinking about.”

If you enjoy this article, you might also like this interview I did with Dr. Kapic.

(Kelly M. Kapic / Desiring God)

A Plan Is Not a Strategy (10 mins)

Excellent breakdown of the difference between a plan and a strategy. This is directly applied to business, but you can easily see how you could apply this to your own goals and habits as an individual.

(Roger Martin / Harvard Business Review)

Don’t (Always) Be Efficient (1 min)

“I guess what I’m saying is this: go on and be efficient and get your tasks done quickly and with excellence. That’s good and right and profitable. But then go walk through the woods and soak in the beauty and talk to your Creator without looking at your watch, or sit with your friends around a table for the whole evening, or make a phone call just to catch up with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Be efficient when it’s time to get the job done. Just don’t be efficient all the time.”

(Seth Lewis)

My Favorite Cleaning Products & Tools (7 mins)

If you’re looking to be productive in keeping your home clean, Marci has you covered.

(Marci Ferrell / Thankful Homemaker)

1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

This is a massive roundup of links to free online courses on topics ranching from archaeology to trigonometry. If you’re a lifelong learner, this should keep you busy for several lifetimes.


🖋Quote of the Week

On the very first page of the Bible, we see the creation of human beings and the subsequent call of His image bearers to imitate Him in a certain way: by being productive. Human beings were commanded to be fruitful and multiply.”

R. C. Sproul

Resurfaced with Readwise.

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⌛️That’s all for this Week

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– Reagan

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