Reagan’s Roundup: April 18, 2024

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Your weekly roundup of insights and resources to help you get more done for the glory of God.

In Today’s Issue:

  • Why You Constantly Change Productivity Apps
  • Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?
  • Teaching Your Little Ones to Pray
  • It’s Okay to Be a Two-Talent Christian
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Certainty

Dear steward,

The first time I read David Allen’s Getting Things Done, a light switch went off in my brain, “I don’t have to let commitments slip through the cracks anymore! I just need a trusted system for tracking everything!”

I purchased a fancy to-do list app (at the time, it was OmniFocus) and began capturing every stray task or project I thought I might need to do someday.

It was glorious!

At first.

Initially, I experienced a surge of relief, knowing everything I needed to do was being saved somewhere, and I no longer had to rely on my memory. But I soon became overwhelmed by the number of tasks I’d saved to do later. The arbitrary due dates I’d set for them would come and go. And before I knew it, I had dozens of overdue items of varying degrees of importance, all screaming at me every time I opened my app.

The system that was supposed to cure my overwhelm became my chief source of anxiety. So, I did what any reasonable person would do. I scrapped that system and tried a new one. Then the cycle would repeat, so I’d start over again with something else—again, and again, and again.

I was on the never-ending quest for the perfect productivity system…


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The best links I found this week

Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?​ (10 mins)

Robert Plummer / Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This is a good answer from Dr. Plummer.

I also really loved his analogy of asking if we could go back in time and how much Apple or Amazon stock we would buy, knowing it would be such a great investment. But we’ve been given an eternal stock-tip of sorts in the Scriptures. We’ve been told that there is heavenly reward for faithfulness to the Lord, yet too often, we don’t live or give like it.

​Teaching Your Little Ones to Pray​ (4 mins)

Tracy Lane / Ever Thine Home

This article is a wonderful encouragement and provides some practical instructions on how to teach even young children to pray.

  1. Model a prayer life.
  2. Invite your child to pray a piece.
  3. Ask your child to take a turn at praying.
  4. Encourage your child to pray regularly.

​It’s Okay To Be a Two-Talent Christian​ (6 mins)

Tim Challies

A comforting reminder.

I am quite certain that heaven does not cheer louder for the five-talent servant who earns another five than it does for the two-talent servant who earns another two. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the greatest cheers rise for the one-talent servant who is simply and joyfully faithful.


On Redeeming Productivity

​The Perfect Productivity App Doesn’t Exist​ (7 mins)

Many of us are on a quixotic search for the perfect to-do list app. Here’s why you’ll never find it and what to do instead.


Quote of the Week

The Christian is a man who can be certain about the ultimate even when he is most uncertain about the immediate.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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