Thought Thread: Vigilance

This week, we're thinking about Vigilance. If you'd like the Thought Thread sent straight to your inbox, you can sign up for this biweekly email here.

Not All Practice Makes Perfect
The research of Anders Ericsson has revealed much about how vigilant practice can help us expand our skill set. I recommend this article as a good introduction to Ericsson's work. 

You Don't Need to Be Hacked
In this digital age, there are people trying to apply technological approaches to personal health. Biohacking is a vigilant approach to health care that has become extremely popular. But is the body something that can be controlled like a computer?

Teach Kids Creativity
For years I've consistently introduced my daughter to STEM oriented skills. In this article, however, the author makes the case for relying more on increasing children's creative skills than their tech toolbox. 

My Thoughts: Compassion Fatigue
Last summer I reflected on my work in urban ministry. It can be difficult to be diligent when continually faced with those who lie to gain compassion. Read how I've learned to combat these feelings of anger when reaching out when you're jaded.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Combining information with inspiration, Angela Duckworth combines psychological research, anecdotes from sports and business, and life experience to provide practical strategies for accomplishing your life’s goals. If you're contemplating reading this book, click this link to read some quotes.

"Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up"
Every so often, I'll go back and watch this video of North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano. One month before he died, he delivered this inspirational speech on ESPN. His summary of his life is a lesson in vigilance. 

Another in this series from the book of Colossians. This week, we see that VIGILANCE is another aspect affirming the exclusivity of Christ. 

CLICK HERE to download a PDF transcript of Why Jesus Wins: Vigilance (Colossians 4:2-6)

A few notes: 
1. All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version
2. The primary source of textual research used is the Smyth and Helwys commentary on Colossians by Nijay Gupta
3. Feel free to customize the message for your audience. Since these sermons are heavy exegetical, there is no need to attribute the content.  

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