Category: Mindset

Christianity, Self-Mastery, Health, Mindset

Money Mindset

The Bible seems to say two things about money. That it’s all good or it’s all bad. Of course, what it really says is that money, like all good things, can be worshiped as an idol. Samson worships a woman as an idol (he tells her how to released him from his vow to God), …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Education, Mindset

Growth and Biblical Wisdom

Everybody has a self-theory, some hypothesis or doctrine about what/who they are. Some of these theories are simple sentences like, “I’m an athlete.” Others are more fundamental, like, “I’m worthless.” According to Carol Dweck and Daniel Molden, our self-theories lead directly to our self-esteem maintenance/repair strategies after we fail at a task or to reach …

Culture, Education, Mindset

Intellectual Weakness

Nobody wants to be weak. Weakness leads to losing. Weakness leads to resentment.[1] Intellectual weakness is perhaps the most subtle weakness. It compounds itself. Physical weakness makes us feel bad. Intellectual weakness makes us feel smug or leaves us unable to see our weakness. There are many ways to overcome this problem, but the first …

Christianity, Culture, Mindset

Don’t Be Yourself

“Just be yourself.” If “be yourself” means “be honest about yourself, your weaknesses, and your abilities, lie neither to yourself or others” then I agree. If it means do what you truly and really think is best, then I absolutely agree.  But what it really means is something like this excuse your excesses, wink at …

Mindset, Tranquility

Marcus Aurelius’ Questions for a Strong Mindset

What am I doing with my soul? Interrogate yourself, to find out what inhabits your so-called mind and what kind of soul you have now. A child’s soul, an adolescent’s, a woman’s? A tyrant’s soul? The soul of a predator— or its prey?[1] -Marcus Aurelius Med. Bk V, chap 11 One of the most valuable …

Mindset

How-To Even

Previously, in the formerly current year, many people expressed their inability to even. Here are two examples pulled from a quick twitter search for the phrase:   But I submit to you that you can. You can even. And here’s how: Stop publicly emoting about your inability to even. Simply note the emotion and ask, …

Christian Mindset, Mindset

What is my calling?

Briefly, Jesus outlines the calling for every Christian here: Mark 12:29-31 ESV Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (30) And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all …

Christianity, Mindset, Philosophy

Rebuilding the Foundations

Bruce Charlton has a good post about the nature of the spiritual battle in the west: Modern Man is sabotaged by an evil metaphysics – in other words, it is our fundamental assumptions that undermine and subvert good living for us. We therefore need to discover, first that we actually do have a metaphysics; secondly …

Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

To the Christian who Can’t

One of the saddest claims I hear from Christians struggling with suffering, sin, or bad circumstances is “I can’t do anything about it so I’ll just have to let God do it.” It’s a claim that sneaks into so many contexts. Even questions like, “What are some helpful tips that could make us better listeners?” …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Culture, Mindset, Philosophy

Gary North on Training to Lose

Gary North wrote an article in 1980: Training to Lose, in which he observed: The athlete has to train before he enters the race. He must discipline his body and his will, in order to be fully prepared for the exertion of the contest. The contest has winners and losers, and the Christian is not …