Waypoints for May 30

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waypoint noun ˈwā-ˌpȯint – a reference used for purposes of navigation.

Items that inspire, encourage, or challenge me along with a bit of commentary or context.

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Teaching a Church to Pray

This piece is profitable for more than church leaders, it is excellent instruction for all who pray, but if you are a group leader I found it an invaluable reminder of the pitfalls of our “human focused” prayers.

“I grew up in a church whose prayer meetings were, well, boring. A mournful hymn, an unrelated Bible study, and thirty minutes listing the woes and needs of the community left me feeling as though the whole world was suffering from slipped discs and financial trouble. Effective prayer meetings move beyond “bless him, be with her” prayer to elevate pray-ers into the presence of God.

That hit a bit too close to home. Hope you are encouraged and challenged by the “Teaching a Church to Pray” by Daniel Henderson

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Warren Buffett: The three things I look for in a person

“You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person,” says Buffett. “Intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two. I tell them, ‘Everyone here has the intelligence and energy—you wouldn’t be here otherwise. But the integrity is up to you. You weren’t born with it, you can’t learn it in school.”

It’s easy to over-complicate what matters and I really appreciate how Mr. Buffet dives to the heart of the issue with the question he asks the students that come to him for advice. Check out “The three things I look for in a person” by Shane Parrish

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Eat a Live Frog Every Morning

Do the most difficult or dreadful task of the day first.

We’ve heard this advice before but I lose mindfulness of it quickly. The title comes from Mark Twain’s quote,

if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you

Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First” by Gina Trapani is a great tip for setting up and eating your live frog every morning.

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26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20

Do you see the theme of figuring out what is important and then breaking it down into manageable chunks? Know what your contribution is going to be, be protective of your time, find a starting point.

Lots of great suggestions in this set of tips curated by Etienne Garbugli