My 5 for Friday (May 21, 2021)


What is the gift that money can't buy? How can you start becoming an early riser? And what's up with this new investment account launched by Fidelity?


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


1. What About Work & Vacation? By Andrew Spencer. Like a naval ship needs repairing after a long voyage at sea, so we need rest after hard work at the office (or wherever our work may be). Without regular patterns of rest in life, we are less productive. The Biblical concept of Sabbath informs this understanding of work and rest. Work hard for the Lord. And take a vacation.

2. The Gift that Money Can’t Buy by Costi Hinn. Out of an aching heart were these peaceful words written, “It is well with my soul.” Horatio G. Spafford’s story has certain parallels with Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler in Mark 10. Both stories help us to see that lasting peace exists only in loyalty to Jesus.

3. Productivity Boost: How To Start Your Day At 5:00 AM by Kyle Pott. Early mornings are a great opportunity to create some extra space in your day for whatever responsibilities or goals you want to pursue. But getting into the routine of waking up before the sun rises is easier said than done. Kyle Pott offers six tips to help you get in the habit of rising early.

4. My Spouse is an Impulsive Spender by Chuck Bentley. Most of us have made impulsive purchases before. Several of these decisions made overtime become particularly unhealthy, not only for our finances, but also for our marriage. Only a change in the heart will redirect unhealthy spending. Pray for an eternal perspective. Set financial goals and track shopping sprees. Be transparent with your spouse and others.

5. Fidelity Launches Brokerage Account for Teens by Medora Lee. Fidelity announced the first brokerage account available for teens. This may be a useful tool to help your teen learn about money and investing. While your young adult would have control over their investment decisions, parents still have sole authority to monitor and open or close the account.