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5 for Friday (February 25, 2022)

How can you get your spending under control? What should you say when negotiating a salary? And what can rust tell us about heaven?

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

1. Help Me Get Our Spending Under Control by Chuck Bentley. To start getting your budget in line, big expenses—like living costs and car payments—should not exceed 40% of your spendable income. Track every dollar you spend for the next thirty days. If you are in a tight financial situation, consider which habits or subscriptions you can do without to give more room in your budget.

2. What to Say When Negotiating Salary in a Job Offer by Robin Madell. You have negotiating power if you have been offered a job but have yet to accept it. Give an honest look at the salary offer, the average salary of similar jobs in the country, and your own experience. See if it all aligns. If not, this is a good time to negotiate. Here are a few examples on how to have the conversation.

3. 14 Questions for Christians to Ask About Their Social Media Engagement by ERLC Staff. A bill introduced by a group of bipartisan senators spurred a list of questions for Christians to ask ourselves regarding the use of social media. The bill seeks to safeguard children from potentially harmful effects of social media. But this list of questions is for any Christian, and they are helpful tools for healthy social media use.

4. Self-Control in the Workplace by Joshua Nangle. Self-control is one aspect of the fruit of the Spirit which leads us to have control over our thoughts, words, and actions. Our words specifically can be used to build up or to tear down. In the “age of outrage,” our words have the ability to derail any mission. All the more reason to assess our level of self-control.

5. A Soldier’s Reflections About Treasure That Will Never Rust by J.T. Wax. Rust reflects the fallen world we live in. Because of sin, stuff wears out over time. Jesus used this reality to teach us to lay our treasures up, not on earth, where rust deteriorates, but in heaven, where the second law of thermodynamics don’t destroy. Don’t waste your life accruing rustable things. Pursue the God-glorifying medals that don’t rust.


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