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Life Is Short: How Will You Invest Your Life This Year?

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I enjoy solitude. That makes me a good fit for a writer, but it makes it difficult for me to build relationships. I’m learning how important it is for me to intentionally build relationships and invest in the lives of others. It may take me away from things I’m doing, but without relationships, those things are unnecessary anyway. Some years ago, I put up a blog post on New Year’s Day called, “What Would You Do If You Had One Year to Live?” I talked about how that would change our perspective, but that shift is one we ought to live with. For a long time, that was my most-viewed post. I want to simply leave you with this graphic and ask you: How will you live this year? What will you do differently? Will you spend your time or invest it?     This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t have...

Words that Sting by John Strange

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Bullies. Trolls. Plain old negative folks. We all encounter criticism from others. In our society driven by social media where people have the means to speak their mind, they often do so without regard to anyone else’s feelings. As an author, I’ve struggled with the sting of negative comments on my blog, criticisms of my content, and negative book reviews. I’ve been on the brink of giving up because of it. I know these people are just bullies, but it still hurts. That’s why I sought out a book that would help shape my perspective. Words that Sting: How to handle destructive criticism like Jesus by John Strange offers a series of principles based on how Jesus dealt with his critics—and he had many who were constantly trying to trap him or plot to kill him. The author draws upon Mark 2 and comes up with application points to help us deal with criticism like Jesus. “When we allow our...