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Three Questions, Serious Stuff 3rd in a series on lifestyle choices

October 7, 2017

Quick review  —

David Gushee recently wrote,

I first started writing opinion pieces over 30 years ago.

One reason I did so was because I was affected by the example of Reinhold Niebuhr, the first Christian ethicist whom I studied very closely.

I learned that he tried to do it all, and pretty much did it all — teaching, lecture circuiting, writing serious books, writing popular books, doing political organizing/activism, and penning weekly opinion pieces.

I embraced the Niebuhr paradigm for how a Christian ethicist pursues this vocation. I was conscious of doing so.

It was a great ride for Niebuhr, and I enjoyed my version of it.

But it has subtle costs, besides the toll on one’s health.

The main problem is that each one of the sub-vocations listed deserves more focus than is possible when one is trying to do all of them.

You and I have that same temptation. We sometimes think we can do more than we can, or more than those around us, or like an old saying puts it, we bite off more than we can chew.

Three Questions for you and me today:

+Thinking back to yesterday, what one thing is the best use of your time and energy?

+ What would happen if you’d do more of that, and less of something else?

+And how could you make that happen?

Take your time answering.

Prayed about all this?

Ready to give it a try?

Serious stuff.

Let’s go.

And meet me back here tomorrow.

 

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