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5 for Friday (April 29, 2022)

Is "work-life balance" a myth? Why do billionaires want to live forever? And what is the Bible's strange reason for generosity?

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

1. Debunking the ‘Work-Life Balance’ Myth by Denise Yohn. The phrase “work-life balance” lends itself to misunderstanding. Work is not separate from life. And life is constantly changing. A better way of speaking may be to say “centeredness,” that is, putting Jesus at the center of one’s life and managing all the pieces of life around that center. Denise Yohn provides three suggestions for this centeredness.

2. Here’s what ‘Abundant Life’ Means by Mark R. Teasdale. Stewardship does not only refer to finances—it is a way of life that understands everything as a gift from God, to be used for his purposes. God calls us to be stewards. And we are to be stewards looking out for the best interest of others. We look out for their eternal salvation, without neglecting their temporary needs.

3. How do Student Loans Work? By Budget Mom. Most first-time student-loan borrowers are between the ages of 17 and 19, unable to legally buy alcohol or rent a car, but given the freedom to borrow tens of thousands of dollars. This article will be helpful for those young people who need to be informed about student-loans and their consequences.

4. Why Do Billionaires Want to Live Forever? By Tim Challies. The world’s richest have put quite a bit of money into extending the lifespan of humanity. Tim Challies suggests this isn’t because they have found life so satisfactory, but because, as Solomon pointed out, this life lived apart from God is profoundly unsatisfying. All of us will live forever, and all of us will depart this life through death. Only beyond death is where eternal satisfaction can be found.

5. The Bible’s Strange Reasons for Generosity: Giving is a Grace by John Beeson. Paul tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. We can be cheerful, he says, because it is a gift to us to be generous. We are given this gift not only when we are mature believers who have our lives put together, but from the beginning of our life as Christians we are called and graced to give.


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