My 5 for Friday (April 2, 2021)



How can you do the work of a lifetime? What does your financial aid letter mean? And should young adults really be saving for retirement?


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


  1. The Only Way to Do the Work of A Lifetime by Tim Challies. The greater part of our lives is made up of responsibilities, obligations, and duties. A successful life is not one in which we succeed in all we want to do, but is in diligently fulfilling our duties at home, at work, and in all of life with joy for the glory of God. God has given our daily duties a weighty and eternal significance.

  2. Your Guide to Decoding Financial Aid Letters and Choosing a College You Can Afford by Charlotte West. It is the time of year when many high school students receive acceptance letters and financial offers from colleges. If you or your child are sorting out which offer is best, Charlotte West offers four insightful tips to navigate the—at times, anxious—task of making an affordable college choice.

  3. Reactive Vs Proactive: How to Be Proactive and Not Reactive by Luis C. Almeida. Proactive leaders save time and are more innovative. Reactive leaders get bogged down with the unexpected demands of the day. How can you be more proactive in your work? Take steps to think long term, to understand and learn from employees, and to grow in time and resource management.

  4. Should Young Adults Really Be Saving for Retirement? by Maryalene LaPonsie. A recent paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests the late 30’s or early 40’s are prime time for college-educated workers to begin contributing to a retirement account. Is this good advice? Maryalene LaPonsie details several reasons why this advice can prove to be unwise.

  5. 20 Truths from Richard Stearns’ “Lead Like It Matters to God” by Ed Stetzer. Richard Stearns is a tested leader with experience as a CEO in both secular companies and Christian ministries. God-centered leadership is Stearns’ concern, and he aims to convey this through his book “Lead Like It Matters to God”. This article lists 20 insights into faithful Christian leadership drawn from Stearns’ work.

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