5 for Friday (April 8, 2022)


How should you plan your day? Is it rude to ask people to Venmo me money for my birthday? And what is the difference between hard and soft credit inquiries?


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


1. How to Plan Your Day by Reagan Rose. If we want to make the most out of each day, it is a good idea to plan it. Our spiritual growth, daily goals, and long-term commitments should drive what we do each day. As you plan your day, let these three categories dictate how you spend your time. In this way, a plan will help us strive to glorify God with our lives.

2. Generosity Pouring Out for Ukrainian Refugees Results in Changed Lives by Sue Sprenkle. The International Mission Board has been considering how to help refuges in light of the Ukraine-Russia war. Southern Baptists have been overwhelming generous in support for disaster relief in Eastern Europe after the IMB asked for financial help and prayer. All these resources are being used to make an impact on the boarders of Ukraine.

3. God Does Not Despise the Small Things by Ed Welch. God asks Zerubbabel, “Who despises the day of small things?” The answer is that God does not, and neither should we. When we are discouraged, stuck in sin, scared, or weak, God does not despise the small step in the right direction. That is just what he delights in.

4. Is it Rude to Ask People to Venmo Me for My Birthday? By Julia Glum. Not all cultural trends are created equal. Many aren’t that great. What of the current trend Julia Glum has recognized where people post their Venmo or CashApp names for others to send money on special occasions? It probably isn’t a good financial habit, and it comes across as ill-mannered.

5. The Difference between Hard and Soft Inquiries by Beverly Harzog. Inquiries into your credit score have the potential to affect where your score lands from month to month. It is helpful to know the difference between soft and hard inquires, how they affect your score, and how you can plan for these inquiries to be assets rather than hinderances. Beverly Harzog provides this very help here.