On Not Understanding Suffering

This is from a book Jen is reading on suffering and the Lord’s presence within that. It’s an excerpt from a book by Corrie Ten Boom when she asks her father to bequeath some information upon her he clearly does not want to disclose …

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The Best Reason To Run a Company Before College

There are innumerable reasons this idea of making your kids start a business before they start college is a great one, but one stood out to me. This Ray Sheen fellow made his two daughters start companies before college for a particular reason.

Perhaps most importantly, we thought it would help them figure out the perennial question — What do I want to do with my life? — before they had to choose the right college and declare a major.

The most valuable thing they gained, they now tell me, is the opportunity to figure out what they wanted to do. They got to try every aspect of running a business and see what they enjoyed.

I’ve always found it silly that we head into college without a clue as to how the world actually works outside of scoring in the high double digits on a piece of paper with questions on it. This solution, while mildly inconvenient and probably costly, is a great one.

A Reason to Procrastinate

I have never thought of procrastination positively. Mostly because it has never been presented that way. I’m not sure I completely agree with this New York Times article on why you should procrastinate, but it at least got me thinking differently about it. Here’s Adam Grant:

Our first ideas, after all, are usually our most conventional. My senior thesis in college ended up replicating a bunch of existing ideas instead of introducing new ones. When you procrastinate, you’re more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns. Nearly a century ago, the psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik found that people had a better memory for incomplete tasks than for complete ones. When we finish a project, we file it away. But when it’s in limbo, it stays active in our minds.

That’s true, but it also clutters the mind. I can’t properly operate with a mind that’s too cluttered. This next part is the piece I’ll probably take with me. To let bigger projects linger a little bit (not a lot) so that I’m able to connect other ideas and thoughts to them to strengthen their foundation.

What I discovered was that in every creative project, there are moments that require thinking more laterally and, yes, more slowly. My natural need to finish early was a way of shutting down complicating thoughts that sent me whirling in new directions. I was avoiding the pain of divergent thinking — but I was also missing out on its rewards.

The other thing I discovered while reading this article is that this site is brilliant.

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“Tweeting” prayers and praises

One of my goals in 2015 is to write down (type out in my world) 250 praises and/or prayers. This shouldn’t be difficult but it is for some reason.

Today, as I attended a theology class at church, somebody asked who at our table was on Twitter. Some people nodded that they were, I kept silent even though I was easily the most active Twitter-er at the table.

Then on the way home I started thinking “man, I’ve tweeted nearly 50,000 times over the last five years…that’s a lot. What if I “tweeted” my praises and prayers just 10 percent of that amount. That would be 5,000 written prayers and praises!” #Math

So that’s the plan — to “tweet” in 140 characters the prayers and praises of my heart into a digital notebook. Timestamped and everything.

This is as we are commanded.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.” (Colossians 4:2-4)

The unintended consequence of family

John Saddington has a weekly newsletter linked to his excellent Desk app and he wrote something in this week’s edition that really stuck out to me.

He was talking about how important his family is to his entrepreneurial process because of how much they keep him grounded. I find the same to be true in my own experience.

“The reason that my kids and my wife are functionally important to my own ego and pride is that they are generally un-impressed with the work that I do.”

“I was once told by one of my long-standing mentors that I needed people in my life that were simply not impressed with my accomplishments but who supported me as a person.”

Yep, couldn’t agree more.

Lecrae on success and what it means for Rickie Fowler

I love this from Lecrae.

I sort of wrote the same thing — using a lot more words — about Rickie Fowler and golf a few weeks ago. Lecrae is far more efficient and to the point.

The emptiness that comes with solely defining success in comparison to what the best in your field achieve is unfathomably deep.

The problem with not reading comments

I detest the comments section of the Internet. It is (often) a cesspool of hot takes, unreasonable opinions and an empowerment to those with the biggest Internet muscles to flex them as narcissistically as possible.

It’s one of the most ridiculous places on the planet, no matter the website.

But the problem with ignoring the comments section is that you run the risk of being the tone-deaf blogging has-been we’re all afraid of turning into.

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On how to beat the comments section

“The best thing to do is click publish and walk away. Close the laptop and go back to work. In the morning, you can return, like a hunter checking his traps, to see if anybody has taken the bait.” –Austin Kleon

This is part of playing the long game and worrying more about the person you’re building for 10 years from now than the initial satisfaction of a couple of people clicking a heart icon on Instagram.

It’s tough, but worth it.