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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.

Articles of the Week

Top 10 Relationship KillersDebra K. Fileta“As a Professional Counselor, every day I see couples who come into therapy with their marriage on life-support. But their struggles often have nothing to do with the trauma of affairs, addictions or abuse. Instead, they are dying a rather slow and painful death. Phrases like, ‘We’re too different’ or ‘We’ve grown apart’ or ‘Life has just gotten the best of us’ sound so innocent, yet are extremely lethal. There are so many factors that can get in the way of a good marriage, but often, they are the small, unnoticed things that make their way in.”

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I recently read a fascinating book called The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. The premise: what would your life look like if you took retirement off of the table? How would you arrange your work situation now so that you aren’t just angling for a better retirement? As Ferriss puts it, “When you run so fast to get somewhere you miss half the fun of getting there.”

Now, Ferriss isn’t a Christian, so his main goal is simply to maximize the fun he has in life. And there are plenty of rather suspect pieces of “wisdom” scattered throughout the book. But I resonated with a couple of his central theses: too many of us burn ourselves out with unsustainable work patterns, and we do so by being productive at things that don’t matter. As he says, “The worst kind of inefficiency is efficiency in things that don’t matter. There is a better way.

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When Lifeway contacted Veronica and me to write a resource on parenting, we were understandably hesitant. As any parent knows, few responsibilities in life are as intimidating (and humbling) as parenting. And it seems that the longer Veronica and I parent, the less confident we become in our abilities. I’ve often said that before becoming a parent, I had 4 great insights on parenting and 0 children; now I have 4 children and 0 great insights on parenting.

That’s precisely why we did our best to let the Scriptures speak. The result was the Ready to Launch curriculum based on Psalm 127, which just came out today. Psalm 127 says that children are like arrows. Arrows are designed to be shot out, not to sit safely in the quiver. This entire study has a view toward raising up the next generation to be sent out for God’s mission–an assignment not just for parents, but for the entire Christian community.

Don’t wait–order your copy here today!