My 5 for Friday (December 7, 2018)

What does Proverbs say about giving? How can you have a meaningful Christmas on a tight budget? And what thought patterns might be hurting your leadership?

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

  1. Top 20 Proverbs On Giving Without Regretting by Todd McMichen. It’s easy to find opportunities to give this time of year, and that’s exciting. But there’s also the risk of being hit with a large credit card bill that will lead to regret if we’re not careful. Todd McMichen gives us 20 Proverbs on giving without regretting that we would be wise to adhere to this season.
  2. Ask Chuck: Having A Meaningful Christmas On A Tight Budget by Chuck Bentley. The pressure of making Christmas all that it can be can lead to a lot of financial stress. Here, Chuck Bentley offers some creative ways to make Christmas meaningful on a tight budget, as he recalls that “many of my sweetest memories cost nothing.”
  3. My Strategy for Giving Away Millions by Bob Lotich. The thought of giving away millions may seem unlikely to say the least. But it felt unlikely at one point as well to Bob Lotich, but now he’s sharing the ways that he’s on track to do just that. Whether you’re ever able to give away millions or not, it’s important for everyone to remember “It starts with giving, it continues with giving, and it ends with giving.”
  4. 5 Thought Patterns That Hurt Your Leadership by Dan Reiland. Patterns of thought can develop without us even realizing it, and it can end up hurting our leadership in the process. Here, Dan Reiland lays out five thought patterns to look out for so that we can be careful to avoid them, because “if you’re aware of what they are, you’re much less likely to fall into one of these traps of hurtful and unproductive thought patterns.”
  5. A Gospel-Centered Retirement by Chris Cagle. Chris Cagle writes often on how to best prepare for retirement, but always with this goal in mind: “God’s plans for us don’t end just because we are older…we can still have a significant impact during our retirement years.” Keep reading for a needed reminder on why preparing well for retirement can free us up to live generously the rest of our lives.

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