5 for Friday (December 10, 2021)



How does your "surface area of concern" affect your life? What new investing language do you need to be familiar with? And what are some experience gifts you can give to loved ones this Christmas?


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


1. Your Surface Area of Concern by Chris Bailey. Your “surface area of concern” is the scope of events and concerns you pay attention to regularly. Social media has made it possible for each of us to have a greater surface area of concern. It is important to right-size this surface area, because giving too much concern to things outside of our control, or to things that do not affect us or our community, can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety.

2. 7 Tips for Celebrating Christmas as a Family by Adam Griffin. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It is a season that will fill your family with memories for years to come. Adam Griffin offers 7 ideas for approaching the celebration of Jesus’ birth with your family this year. Among other things, make it about Jesus, remember the forgotten people, and make family discipleship a tradition.

3. It’s All About Perspective by Jenn Fortner. Doing ministry means having financial support. The words “donor” and “fundraising” capture what this support usually looks like. What if, however, these words push us toward an unhelpful perspective? “Financial partner” and “partnership development” may be better was of speaking to how the body of Christ fulfills its ministry.

4. Investing has a Whole New Language – Here’s Your Cheat Sheet by Mallika Mitra. The world of investing used to function from the top down. But with the presence of social media—especially platforms like Reddit—everyday people are influencing the way investing is practiced and talked about. A whole new slang has emerged, and Mallika Mitra lists and defines the new jargon here.

5. Fantastic Experience Gifts to Give by Josephine Nesbit. Christmas is a season for giving. Consider giving an experience this Christmas to someone you love, an experience that they will remember and cherish. Let these ten ideas spur you on, whether you decide to gift something like an annual pass to national parks, or tickets to a family friendly show.