My 5 for Friday (December 22, 2017)

How can grit help you in 2018? How can you grow your volunteer team? And how can you improve your time management?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. 5 Times I Battle the Calendar by Marty Duren. Time management is something we can all relate to. However, Marty Duren says that time management is really self-management. He writes, “When my self-management goes awry and the calendar battle starts anew, I can almost always track it to one or more of these five bad practices.” Find out what these practices are in this post.
  2. Grit over Genius: How to Make a Great 2018 by Dan Reiland. The New Year brings on new excitement. A clean slate, and a fresh start. However, as Dan Reiland writes, “New Year’s resolutions and wishful thinking rarely help you achieve what you desire. Realizing the 2018 you dream about requires preparation, discipline, and focus.” Checkout this post for a  seven-point game plan to set you up for a great 2018.
  3. Christmas and the Jefferson Bible by Eric Geiger. Many will celebrate Christmas this year and sadly miss the point altogether. Eric Geiger states, “As Christians, we prioritize both the virgin birth and the resurrection not only because they are true but because without them we have no hope.” As Christmas quickly approaches, spend time reflecting on the magnitude of what this season means. Jesus did not come to us as a moral teacher – He came to rescue us as Savior and Lord.
  4. 4 Ways To Grow Your Volunteer Team In The New Year by Maggie Richter. Volunteers are vital to the life and function of various ministries within the church. It is important that they are valued and appreciated for their service. “You don’t need overworked and under-appreciated volunteers. You need healthy volunteers,” writes Maggie Richter from the Vanderbloemen team. Look here for four ways to grow your volunteer teams in the new year.
  5. How to Keep Your Money, Time, and Heart Peaceful During the Holidays by Chuck Bentley. The holidays can be a busy time, but we shouldn’t let cultural pressures rob us from the joy this season is meant to bring.  Chuck Bentley writes, “Rather than succumbing to the unwanted burden of financial and social obligations, we must intentionally seek stillness to hear the voice of God and find strength to sacrificially serve and share His love with others.” Checkout this post for practical tips on how to keep your money, time, and heart peaceful during the holidays.

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