Today (October 18, 2015) is a significant milestone in my faith journey.
Fifteen years ago today, sitting at my computer in my dorm room, I gave my life to Christ and began a relationship with him. Along with that milestone, I also hit 10 years in full-time church ministry last month.
So I thought it’d be fun to reflect back and jot down a few lessons I’ve learned along the way.
The Internet is a giant, never-ending vat of visual temptation.
Pornography, celebrity sex tapes, websites dedicated to adult content/explicit images, half-naked women in ads.
It can appear quickly and from the most unexpected places.
I was listening to music from Pandora’s website once when a full-page ad of a half-dressed woman appeared as a new song started playing.
That’s enough to get the mind traveling down the wrong path. Before you know it, you’re opening a new tab, visiting your go-to porn websites, and scouring the web for more. It’s a scenario I’ve repeated, and I know countless others have experienced as well.
So how can we combat porn and visually explicit images coming at us from every direction?
In the budgeting world, you won’t go far without hearing about Dave Ramsey’s EveryDollar. Being a long-time You Need a Budget (YNAB) user, I was curious to see how EveryDollar stacked up. Especially since EveryDollar has a free option.
Would EveryDollar be good enough to switch away from YNAB? Or at least worth recommending to friends who don’t want to pay for YNAB?
I’m fascinated by the lure of just two kettlebell exercises causing a “what the hell?” effect.
The What the Hell Effect is well known throughout the kettlebell community. Doing kettlebell work, specifically kettlebell swings and turkish get-ups, has a way of improving all sorts of other physical activities that seem to be unrelated.
Living in the world of kettlebell swings and turkish get-ups has brought surprising clarity to a question Christians often wrestle with: How do we grow in our faith and mature in our relationship with Christ?