This is astoundingly good.
The leaders I trust and follow:
Are humble and "chief repenters"
Offer a non-anxious presence in conflict
Laugh more than they whine
Love encouraging their team/staff
Are wary of celebrity status and power
Walk in gospel astonishment
Love Jesus more than ever
— Scotty Smith (@ScottyWardSmith) April 17, 2018
One of the battles I find myself waging — and presume most writers who are Christians wage — is pushing back against the desire and pull of being online famous. I think there is a craving within us all to receive adulation from as many people as possible, and the easiest path to that is writing funny, compelling stuff on the internet.
But Piper recently had an interesting twist on this war.
But let’s end where we began. Yes, it is a sin to want to be famous. However, it may not be a sin to want to be influential. In fact, it may be a sin not to want to be influential. We should want to win more and more people to Christ. It is a sin not to want our lives to count for winning more and more people to Christ. [DG]
It’s just as easy to go the other way and become an online hermit, rejecting every opportunity for establishing yourself as a writer. Both extremes are easy. The difficult path, per the usual, is sidling up and riding that through line of popularity because you’re good at something and humility because you’re to always point to Jesus.
“These inward trials I employ,
“From self and pride to set thee free;
“And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
“That thou mayst seek thy all in me.”
Olney Hymns (via Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering)
Unlock freedom by simplifying these four key areas. [Becoming Minimalist]
Jack Dorsey has been Twitter CEO for three months now. [Re/Code]
About that Tim Challies guy. [Preacher Thoughts]
Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering. [Amazon]
Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman. [Simmons]
Alabama-Clemson title game.