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Happy Thursday, partner! 🤠

It’s time for another edition of Reagan’s Roundup.

I’ve wrangled up a fine looking herd of links for you this week to help you in your quest to be more productive for the glory of God.

But let me start by reminding you what this is all about.

This is the God we serve 👇

“The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation”

When the road gets steep, and you feel your energy flagging, remember you have the distinct privilege of serving the living God, the rock of your salvation.

And He is worthy of our very best efforts.

👂How can I best serve you?

Can I just say this?

I love Christian productivity.

When I started blogging on this subject years ago, I thought I’d run out of ideas in just a few months. But I’ve come to see just how great the need is for practical wisdom grounded in sound theology and applied to our work and personal productivity.

The Christian life is to be lived. Good theology, therefore, should terminate in good practice. We don’t just sit and ponder the Lord, we walk with Him and we obey Him and we bear fruit for Him.

And I want to do that in the best way possible—in my work, in my home, and in all of life. And through Redeeming Productivity I want to help others do the same.

That’s why I want to know how I can best serve you with the resources I’m creating at Redeeming Productivity.

“When I nerd out about theology and personal productivity I feel the pleasure of God” – Eric Liddell (slightly paraphrased)

I’m about to step into phase 2 of my plan for Redeeming Productivity which involves dramatically ramping up the output of video content.

And while I have mountains of ideas, I really want to create the things that will best serve you. And to do that I need your feedback.

What topics do you want to hear more about with regard to Christian productivity?

  • What are your pain points in your own personal productivity?
  • What are some areas of Christian living that intersect with productivity that you’d like to hear more on?
  • What are some ideas for Redeeming Productivity videos, blogs, or podcasts that you’d love to see?

Those are just some questions to get you thinking.

I would love if you would hit reply to this email and give me a brain dump of the types of things you would like to see covered on Redeeming Productivity.

Send me your best ideas (and the bad ones too)!

🗓 This Week on Redeeming Productivity

Well, I took a week off of the podcast to focus on planning and producing the first ever season.

Beginning Monday, May 17th, The Redeeming Productivity Show will be beginning a series titled “The Essential Habits of the Productive Christian”

Make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast so you don’t miss it!

This week, I made a short commercial for my POWER Mornings course. Thanks to all of you who have already taken the course. I pray it’s been a blessing to you!

🧑‍💻 What’s Happening on the Web

Now for some links from around the web that I think will be helpful in your journey to become a more productive Christian.

Efficiency Is the Enemy

This was the best article on productivity I read this week. If you read nothing else in this issue, read this one.

If you ever find yourself stressed, overwhelmed, sinking into stasis despite wanting to change, or frustrated when you can’t respond to new opportunities, you need more slack in your life. Here’s how slack works and why you need more of it.

The Lost Accountability Practice

The older I get the more friends, pastors, and Christian leaders I’ve seen fall to some private sin suddenly made public. Yet many—or most, maybe even all of them—were involved in some kind of accountability when it occurred. Yet, sin was still crouching at the door and found its way in through a crack.

Accountability is incredibly important in our battle against sin. The Christian life wasn’t meant to be lived alone. But Ryan Griffith, writing at Desiring God, argues that perhaps our accountability relationships are lacking in something called “holy discourse.”

What distinguishes the discipline of holy discourse from contemporary accountability practices is the comprehensiveness of its scope and the profundity of its care. Rather than a narrow focus on certain sins, conferencing targets the whole of the Christian life.www.desiringgod.org

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

This is an older article I stumbled across, but it’s still very relevant.

Do you have a place where you jot down ideas, quotes, or the little nuggets of truth you come across in your life?

“A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do.”ryanholiday.net

How Not to Debate Ideas in the Public Square

Good advice from Kevin DeYoung. This is applicable for anyone who engaged in debate online.

These are the things not to do:

  1. Take everything personally.
  2. Turn everything up to 11.
  3. Assume your experience is the way things really are.
  4. Refuse to deal in nuance.
  5. Make everything about everything.
  6. Discount individuals and their ideas based on their group identity.
  7. Pay no attention to the type of communication you are having.
  8. Forget that your opponents are real people.www.thegospelcoalition.org

Combat Burnout with a Productivity Journal

One of the reasons we can be doing a lot but still not feel productive is because we don’t pause and reflect on what we’ve accomplished. A productivity journal helps foster that kind of reflection.thesweetsetup.com

Aaaand, let’s end with something fun/terrifying. Here’s a robot snake that can swim.

Oh, great, now they’ve got underwater snake robots.

✍️ Quote of the Week

Everything needs to be taken care of, otherwise the neglected bits will nag us until the unimportant tasks become urgent. – Sönke Ahrens
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