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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

I’m reading A Spacious Life by Ashley Hales right now. “Contrary to what we've believed, the spacious life is not found in unfettered options or accomplished by our hustle and hurry. The life we crave is found within the confines of God's loving limits.”

I also re-read an idea in Change Maker, a book by one of my wife’s former bosses.

“One trick that helps me here is to visualize my commitments of time and energy on a zero (no commitments at all) to ten (time and energy are completely maxed out) scale,” he writes. “Earlier in my career, I’d say yes to far too many things, living in the red zone, right around nine or ten. This meant I was always one unexpected problem or challenge away from overwhelm.”

“I now only commit to the amount of work that puts me in the five or six range.”
This offers three advantages, he writes. It forces him to be more selective about what he does, leaves him more energy for personal interests, and creates reserve for occasional high-impact, short-term projects.

I’ve been thinking about this all week. “Do less, and then obsess,” as they say. I know my life would look different.

"The older I get, the more I want to sing my faith and get others singing it with me. Theology is for doxology. Theologies that cannot be sung (or prayed for that matter) are certainly wrong at a deep level."

(J.I. Packer)

I read a couple of thousand pages and talked to twelve thinkers and practitioners about discipleship. I summarized the main principles I learned here, with links for you to take a deeper dive if you’d like. You can also download a PDF summary here.
Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of 8 Habits for Growth and How to Grow