The late-night infomercial theory

The two most insightful bits for me from this post on social media takeaways from 2014:

1. Post during times when nobody else is posting (the late-night infomercial theory).
2. When it comes to length of social media, shorter is always better.

I’ve actually noticed No. 1 in my work. When I post something randomly at, say, 1 AM it gets way more engagement than I would have thought it would at that time.

The scary part of No. 2 is how much difference there is in engagement when you shorten something by 40-70 characters. Not words. Characters.

Christ is not your butler

How often do I unintentionally practice the following?

You love Christ. You treasure him supremely. You have tasted and seen the all-satisfying glory of Christ. Christ is not your butler.And prayers are not your bell-ringing for him to bring you what you want.

He is what you want. And you want him exalted, honored, glorified in everything. Listen as people pray. You will find out what they treasure most of all. (Desiring God)

Woe is me for treasuring the things I am brought more than the Bringer of those things.

A staggering reality

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I’m not sure what this means on a tangible level for me but it’s a pretty staggering reality that people of my ethnicity (white) make 13x more than people of one  ethnicities (black) and 10x more than people of another ethnicity (Hispanic).

Really, 13x!

Connecting the reading to the walking

Living, or walking for the glory of God, in a way worthy of God, is the goal — but the crucial piece that connects the reading to the walking is believing. That is what Paul means when he says that we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We learn the path of what is in Christ by seeing Christ and treasuring him. (Desiring God)

We talk so much about the separate activities of reading about our faith and then living it out but the connecting piece — the believing in the thing so deeply that we have no other choice than to be governed by what we read — is paramount.

And often skipped over.

On being a collector

Some people collect coins and baseball cards. I collect other people’s thoughts. (Lit)

I loved this quote. I thought it was profound and yet a thing I want to be about. A thing I am about but didn’t know how to put into words.

CS Lewis on the discipline of reading

I’m reading an amazing book right now called Lit by Desiring God editor Tony Reinke and in it he quoted CS Lewis on the discipline of reading.

For many of us, reading is more a lack of of desire than of a lack of free time. C. S. Lewis wrote, “The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” The same is true of reading. Favorable conditions for reading books never come.

I hope to be someone who always wants knowledge “so badly.”

Stars close the show

I’m not sure if this is great life advice but I think it is for when you’re playing golf.

“If you finish strong, it will heal almost any bet, save nearly any round, make you leave the course with a smile. Take pride in how you get to the finish line. Let your ego come out. Remember, stars close the show.”

Lance Armstrong to Golf Digest