My 5 for Friday (April 16, 2021)



How do you save enough for a down payment? How can you fix your work life balance? And how can you understand your income tax rate?


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


  1. Understanding Income Tax Rates by Joe Carter. Do you know the tax rate you pay on your current income? One must sort through the American-tax-system jargon to arrive at the correct answer. Joe Carter clears up the terms and the system so you can make better-informed stewardship decisions with your time and resources.

  2. How to Take Constructive Criticism Like a Champ by Mat Apodaca. Constructive criticism is specific and actionable input aimed at helping someone improve. It is positive. We get better at what we do when we get feedback when things go wrong. So, listen attentively to constructive criticism, don’t take it personal, and be grateful someone cared enough about you to give their input.

  3. How to Fix Your Work Life Balance by Paul David Tripp. Addiction to your career is a real possibility with negative consequences, especially on your relationship with God and your family. Ask yourself where you are finding joy and life today. You may need to reorient your priorities, seeing your work as something that can point to Jesus rather than replace Him.

  4. How to Save Enough for a Down Payment by Devon Thorsby. Are you beginning to think about buying a home? For many, the biggest hurdle is saving for a down payment. Determine how much you need to save and get serious about attaining that amount. Devon Thorsby offers this advice and four more steps to help you save what you need for a down payment.

  5. 5 Tips for Finding Focus on A Noisy Day by Joe Paranteau. Whether you are still working from home because of COVID, or you are back in the office, we all still those days with plenty of possible distractions. How can you focus on what is most important in the midst of the noise? Joe Paranteau offers five tips from his own practice.