miscellany

Here’s an overdue round-up of some recent links that have made me think:

~ Doug Wilson on the Lord of the Whole Shebang:

Sickly Christians do not believe in objective truth. Another way of describing this is as a tragic slide into liberalism.

Read the whole thing.

~ My friend Becky on When God Surprises Us.

~ Why Christians Should Read Fiction

~ This is disturbing:

The U.S. government sent a man to our door to pay $90 if one of us would answer a few questions and spit in a tube…

“Questions like age and education, drinking, medicine and drug use, mood, anxiety, behavior and medical conditions and personality.” No way! Yet over 100,000 people have participated. $90 is an impressive amount of money, perhaps especially to people with alcohol problems. As Meade said later, you could buy a lot of gin for $90. I’m irked as a taxpayer. Is this a federal jobs program to tide over erstwhile census workers?

~ I want these.

~ A friend passed along this link to the story of Medal of Honor recipient Emil Kapaun.

~ No blessing like health, with the exception of sickness:

For Spurgeon the sovereignty of God was not first argument for debate, it was a means of survival. He was not joking when he quipped, “I dare say the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. . . . Affliction is the best bit of furniture in my house. It is the best book in a minister’s library” (An All Round Ministry, 384)

~ An interesting article on Margaret Thatcher’s grandchildren

~ Ed Welch on contentment versus holding out for a better offer:

Say “yes” to an invitation and you have been robbed of your freedom. All other options for that evening have been ripped away. What if a better invitation comes along? Too bad, you are beholden to something else. Decisions, indeed, exclude.

So some procrastinate and defer decisions until the last minute. Some say “yes,” but they mean, “maybe.” Some become serial daters, now that they have a near limitless pool of internet dating possibilities. Some postpone marriage, because how can you make a decision to marry when a better offer might come along? Some even abandon marriage when a more attractive or lower maintenance companion is found.

You can be sure that practitioners of this uniquely modern lifestyle are rarely content. They wonder what they are missing, rather than enjoy what they have.

And they are not just hurting themselves. The selfishness of their behavior hurts the ones left behind for the better offer.

~ The Value of Higher Education is More Than Getting a Job:

A major in business, accounting, forensics, nursing, or any other field with a direct work focused outcome can certainly help with short-term job prospects for college students; however, such a tight focus may actually leave you on the outside looking in during the next economic slowdown or when that career becomes passé. Having an innate intellectual curiosity – a desire to explore and learn new things – can help you to either never become obsolete, or to more easily transition to a new career should the need arise. Additionally, many employers are now emphasizing hiring employees who are self-motivating, can communicate virtually, adapt to new technology on the fly, and think critically about problems encountered on the job, as well as those who are motivated to expand the job as new opportunities arise. College, and specifically those pesky core/distribution requirements, are exactly the places to cultivate these skills.

~ 10 big daily reminders

~ Your brain is plastic and that’s good news!

~ The 10/10/10 rule for tough decisions:

To use 10/10/10, we think about our decisions on three different time frames:
How will we feel about it 10 minutes from now?
How about 10 months from now?
How about 10 years from now?

And now I’m off to work. May your Monday be a good one!
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