5 for Friday (February 4, 2022)



Why should you imagine your "well done"? What are 23 tips for reading books? And how can you save money on utilities this Winter?


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


1. Imagining Your “Well Done” by Reagan Rose. Limited time in life is an unintentional theme this week. As Reagan Rose says, “even the unbelieving world understands the power of mortality as a motivator.” But it isn’t so bleak for believers. We have the promise of meeting our Father one day who, because of his work in us, will say, “Well done”.

2. 23 Tips from 23 Years of Book Reading by Tony Reinke. This is a longer read or watch, but worth it. In a world of attention-candy, Tony Reinke says, we are starved of time and attention span for reading. Reading helps us concentrate on what is ultimate. Each of these 23 tips for reading will encourage and motivate you to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to start.

3. Newly Widowed: Tips for Dealing with Tough Financial Decisions by Budget Mom. The death of a spouse is a tremendous loss. It can be difficult to navigate the financial realities of life as a widow or widower. You need time to grieve. Only take care of what is urgent and make a list of other things to be done soon, or things that can wait. Then consider thee seven steps.

4. 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Time On This Planet by Oliver Burkeman. The Psalmist prays, “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (90:12). Knowing that our time is limited and our lives are finite motivates us to want to use our days well. While this article isn’t from a Christian perspective, it reflects the Biblical truth that knowing our limits can motivate wisdom.

5. How To Save Money on Utilities This Winter by Lora Shinn. We are already in the throes of winter, but you still have time to think through how to save money on utilities during the cold weather. Obviously, focusing on heating can save you money. Think through what electronics you can unplug when not in use, whether LED bulbs can help you, and appliance use among other things.