I read this this morning, and thought it was not only an encouragement but a fabulous piece of writing. It’s something we sometimes miss with Biblical writing. That not only is it God’s word, but there sometimes is incredibly inspiring — not just inspired — verbiage and textual organization.
Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
I often wrestle with the reality that I don’t fully remember or inernalize what I’m reading. This video from Challies on why that’s OK made me thinking about that idea a little bit differently.
I find myself often thinking the following: Man, I wish I’d known this 10 years ago before I started trying to build this business. Somebody should write this down for the 25-year-old working on the Next Big Thing.
So here’s one that I thought of today. Keep your numbers in some sort of accounting software from the beginning. I kept a spreadsheet, and it’s been a nightmare trying to retrofit it for accounting purposes.
There are plenty of online offerings for small businesses — I now use Zipbooks — and most of them have a free version (you can switch to the paid version later on). Even if you made $82 in Year 1 (which may have been generous for me!) you should keep everything organized properly. You’ll be able to scale later and won’t spend valuable emotional and mental capital trying to get everything flipped over.
I loved this from Ezra Klein (and I love most things from Ezra Klein, including his take on why Twitter stinks and why he doesn’t read it anymore).
But as I look around today, I find myself yearning for a bit more of the friction of yesteryear. Twitter is almost perfectly frictionless — no editors, no formatting, built for instant reaction and in-group applause — and Trump is the result. YouTube, with its recommendation algorithm automatically directing us to more extreme content, is a powerful force for radicalization. Cable news is fast, reactive, competitive, and thus sensationalistic, tribal, and conflictual.
Friction creates space in the system where judgment can intercede, where second thoughts can be had, where decisions can be made. Look at organizations with longer time lags and more editors and you get better, calmer, more considered coverage. I believe that one reason podcasts have exploded is that they carry so much friction: They’re long and messy, they often take weeks or months to produce, they’re hard to clip and share and skim — and as a result, they’re calmer, more human, more judicious, less crazy-making.
As someone who often values quantity over quality when it comes to reading — somebody who cares more about reading 25 above average books in a year than 10 great ones — this spoke to me (and my pride).
Let me close with a caution: Beware of reading for quantity to impress anyone. Read for your soul. If we could live a thousand years, and experience a thousand relationships in the thousand times and places and cultures, perhaps we wouldn’t need books in order to (eventually) become wise. But our lives are short, and God has been merciful to give us many places, many times, many cultures, and many experiences distilled into books.
Find the ones that strengthen your faith and make you want to live all-out for God. [DG]
As someone who runs a media organization — albeit a tiny one — this really resonated with me. How often have I valued clicks over integrity? Even more so, how often have I valued my own interests over the interests of our community.
This post made me realize how much confidence we (I) find in what other humans provide us rather than in what only the Lord can deliver. We as humans are vessels, no doubt, but true power and true life-changing transformation is only engendered from one place. And it’s not us.
The fact is, an orphan can teach how to care for aging parents. An unmarried man can teach on marriage. A childless woman can teach on parenting. A poor man can teach about the temptations that come with being rich. God’s Word speaks to every one of these issues and authority in these matters does not flow from experience but from Scripture.
Any Christian can teach these things confidently and powerfully because the confidence and power come not through experience or accolades, but from the source. The job of the teacher is not first to speak of or out of his experiences, but to speak of and out of the Word. [Challies]
I have realized of late how little I’ve captured ideas, quotes and thoughts and published them on here. Will try to improve that in the future on a more micro level (says every blogger ever).
Here’s one I found from an article on the art of investing in the Failing NYT recently.
“Every world-class investor is questioning right now how they can improve,” he said. “So, in a machine-driven age where everything is driven by speed, perhaps the edge is judgment, time and perspective.” [NYT]