The kids are finally off to school. And I am finally back to work. Before the kids were even out the door yesterday morning, I had written an email to my editor, pitching an idea for an article that, because of its time-sensitivity, would need to be written STAT. It was one of those now-or-never moments. Continue Reading
This post is a FIRST. With the help of my technologically-inclined son, Nathan, I’m uploading my first video: an author interview. Last week, I interviewed Katelyn Beaty, Christianity Today’s managing editor, about her new book, A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. We talked specifically about a Christian vision of work, the mommy wars, and the process of book writing. ( I apologize in advance for extraneous “likes” or “you knows.” Additionally, there are points in the video where our internet connection gets a little wonky.)
Katelyn’s book releases on July 19, but you can pre-order now at Amazon.com.
A couple of days ago, Her.meneutics published a piece I wrote on desire. (I’m sure that you’re surprised I chose that as a topic.) In the essay, I summarized some of the conversation I had with my class at church last week when I asked them: what does our culture say about desire? What does the church say about desire?
We all agreed that culture says this about desire (in general):
If it feels good do it.
Desire can’t be repressed; it has to be expressed.
Nothing you ever want is wrong.
And here’s how many of us interpreted desire based on what our churches had taught:
If it feels good, don’t do it.
Desire is evil.
The highest calling in the Christian life is sacrifice.
Did the church have it right? Was desire evil? Obviously, I don’t think so. I think we need desire for our lives of faith. But I also think there’s incredible tension in the act of wanting – because it’s not always easy to want God’s will. Read the rest of my essay, “Jesus Never Said, ‘Be True to Yourself'” here.
I need a time management conversation today. Today – when the morning has me jittery, working to find my way through the piles of work (and laundry) that have mounded up since Ryan and I left the country last Friday.
We’re home. I’m jet-lagged. And tomorrow I’m running a large meeting for our children’s ministry volunteers. All of this has me in a state of physical tremors, where I feel the voltage of anxiety surging through my hands while I type.
Today, I need a time management conversation. And I need it in the way that Matt Perman has framed it in his new book, What’s Best Next.
If we try managing our time only in terms of efficiency (How can I get the most done?), we miss the better question: what is really worth doing? And that’s what is really powerful and provocative in Perman’s book. The first half is dedicated to constructing a theology of productivity and answering the most important question first:
What’s Best Next?
You can read my take on Perman’s book and time management at her.meneutics today.