The Simple List is my way of pointing you to something redeeming on the webs, something thought provoking or eye-catching or soul-refreshing. I can’t keep up with all the good words out there but I try to curate a few things every now and then that might be of help. I hope these links are reminders of the simplest things that make a good life: truth, goodness, beauty.
Self-Care and Self-Denial @ The Gospel Coalition
"I avoided self-care because it looked dangerously close to self-indulgence. But avoiding self-care actually fed my sinful appetite to live self-sufficiently and to seek fulfillment in my own abilities."
The alternative to controlling my children @ The Art of Simple
Ooohhh parenting. Oh children. This stretching away is painfully exciting and some days I want to dictate every decision because I know what you should do and I know how you should do it. But Ed is right in this article - control is a wedge and not a bond.
"Now, as a father to young children, I feel smaller gaps emerging each time I try to control them beyond the bounds of reason: “Drink your water now!” “Share with your brother!” “Stop nagging me!” I can relate to my parents a little bit more each day as I navigate conflict and my own control issues with our boys. I want to dictate what’s best, rather than starting where they are."
Compared to... from Seth Godin
"Just because a thing can be noticed, or compared, or fretted over doesn't mean it's important, or even relevant."
Why We Fail at Family Devotions @ Challies.com
If you've ever started and stopped, bitten off more than you can chew, or been discouraged by your family's response to family devotions, read this.
The Danger of a Single Story, a TED Talk from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"Show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become."
You just need to watch this. With your kids. We are so often guilty of hearing only one story and making an easy assumption based on that stereotype.
Have a wonderful weekend, and please share in the comments any truth, goodness or beauty you've found this week. We all need more of that, right?