Monday, January 27, 2014

Daily Links 1-27-14

Good morning. Here are a collection of links to help get your week off to the right start. In today's edition: planning for the worst, too much media is bad for your brain, classic time management advice, and more.


Some sage advice on dealing with temptation from Tim Challies:

Some time ago we implemented a plan in our home to protect the kids from some of what lurks out there on the Internet. We removed Internet access from some devices, limited it on others, and applied filters that keep tabs on what we are doing online. It has been very smooth from a technological perspective, but a little less so on the interpersonal level. 
Recently my son said, “Dad, you’re treating me like I’m addicted to pornography. But I haven’t ever seen it and don’t want to see it!” And he’s right, to some degree. If I’m not treating him like an addict, I am at least treating him like a pre-addict, someone who has the inclination, or who may well have it before long. In this way I think I understand him a little better than he understands himself. Of course our Internet plan is not designed only to protect the children from exposure to pornography, but that is still one of its major purposes. 
But his exasperation and hurt feelings gave us opportunity to talk about one of the principles I have found helpful in my own life: When you are at your best, plan for when you are at your worst. I see this as an application of 1 Corinthians 10:12-13: “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

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Kathy Harris has a wonderful interview with one of my favorite historians, Jane Hampton Cook, about her book American Phoenix.


More proof that too much media consumption can make you crazy: five mental disorders caused by media.


Some classic time management advice worth revisiting. I've heard this same speech given by a time management guru and have long thought it was one of the best pieces of advice I had ever heard.


This is spot on:


Timeless advice from famous authors on writing. The cool thing about this page is that it is constantly being updated with additional links.

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