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October 12, 2014

Some favorite quotes from Introduction to What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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Every Christian must be fully Christian by bringing God into his whole life, not merely into some spiritual realm. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Isaiah 32:8 says that “he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.”

Julie Morgenstern notes, “Workers who can consistently decide with clarity and ease which tasks are most important when under pressure are the most prized in every organization.

The two linchpins of my system were David Allen’s Getting Things Done and Stephen Covey’s First Things First.

To be a gospel-driven Christian means to be on the lookout to do good for others to the glory of God, in all areas of life, and to do this with creativity and competence.

the chief guiding principle for being productive is actually love.

Generosity is at the heart of true productivity in all areas of life.

Structure your life by living your life mainly from a flexible routine, not a set of lists.

You need to know what’s most important (define), weave it into your life (architect), and then get rid of the rest (reduce).

we should have a sense of adventure in doing good. That is, we should be radical and risky and creative and abundant in using our effectiveness to make life better for others.


Chinese character for a boat

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The Chinese character for a boat combines vessel with person and the number 8. There were 8 persons in Noah’s ark.


Here is a simple illustration of the Chinese language’s testimony to the events in the book of Genesis.  The Chinese word for boat is made up of three component radicals.

The left most character means “ship” or “vessel.”

The upper righthand character is the Chinese number “eight.”

The bottom righthand character is the word for “mouth” or “person.”  

The first boat mentioned in the Bible is Noah’s ark.   Just how many people or “mouths” were aboard this ship or vessel?   Genesis 7:13 tells us: “In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark.”  So Noah’s ark was a ship or a vessel with eight people.  Yet the Chinese language — predating the Hebrew in which the Old Testament was written by at least 700 years — records this fact in perfect detail.

October 9, 2014

Some favorite quotes from the Preface to What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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how to be so satisfied in God that the power of this joy is released “to love people better in the midst of the current, very challenging environment of our modern, technological, constantly interrupted knowledge work era.”

“Productivity is about effectiveness first, not efficiency.”

“Productivity comes first from character, not techniques.”

“We cannot be truly productive unless all our activity stems from love for God and the acknowledgment that he is sovereign over all our plans.”

“The only way to be productive is to realize that you don’t have to be productive.”

“Productivity comes from engagement, not tight control; when we are motivated, we don’t need to tightly control ourselves (or others).”

“Productivity is first about doing good for others to the glory of God.”

“We become most productive by putting others first, not ourselves.”

“Basing our peace of mind on our ability to control everything will never work.”

“The greatest evidence of productivity comes from intangibles, not tangibles.”

from What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matthew Aaron Perman

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