Class Notes: 2019 Slowing Down - Finding Rest - Healthy Rythms (4Day Seminar).pdf

Great Quotes: Crazy Busy - Kevin DeYoung

  1. Being Busy: “My life may not be spinning out of control, but it’s probably

    spinning too fast and a bit wobbly.” – Crazy Busy p.15

  2. America Is Busy: “Americans lead the industrialized world in annual work

    hours. Our annual hours have increased from 1,716 for the average worker in 1967 to 1,878 hours in the year 2000. If you want an easier work load consider moving to Norway, where workers put in an average of 14 weeks fewer per year in contrast to Americans.” – Crazy Busy p.23

  3. No Limits: “Our lives have no limits. We eat what we want. We buy what we want. We do what we want and say yes to too much of what we want.” – Crazy Busy p.24

  4. Luxury Comes With a Cost: “We have cottages, boats, campers, time-shares, investments, real-estate, cars, houses, lawns, computers, iStuff, video games, make-up, and Netflix. Is it any wonder that the most stressed-out people on the planet live in the most affluent countries?” – Crazy Busy p.29

  5. Busy People-Pleasing: “We are busy because we try to do so many things. We do so many things because we say yes to to many people. We say yes to all these people because we want them to like us and we fear their disapproval... People pleasing is actually a form of pride and narcissism.” – Crazy Busy p.35

  6. Ambition: “God is not against ambition. Too many Christians lack the initiative, courage and diligence that ambition inspires. But ambition for our own glory must not be confused with ambition for God’s glory. Some of us never rest because we are still trying to prove something to our parents, our ex-girlfriend, or our high school coach.” – Crazy Busy p.36

  7. Hospitality: “Good hospitality is making your home a hospital. The idea is that friends and family and the wounded and weary people come to your home and leave helped and refreshed.” – Crazy Busy p.40

  8. Jesus Was Busy: “Jesus was a very busy man. He was busy, but never in a way that made him frantic, anxious, irritable, proud, envious or distracted by lesser things. Jesus knew the difference between urgent and important.” – Crazy Busy p.55

  9. The Threat of Tech Addiction: “Can you go a whole day without looking at Facebook? Can you go an afternoon without looking at your phone? What about two day away from email? The truth is many of us cannot not click. We are addicted and cannot step away, even for a few hours, let alone a few days or weeks.” – Crazy Busy p.80

  10. Cultivate a Healthy Suspicion of Technology: “We must understand that every technology from an IQ test to and automobile to a television set to a computer is a product of a particular economic and political context and carries with it a program, an agenda, and a philosophy that may or may not be life-enhancing and that therefore requires scrutiny, criticism, and control.” – Crazy Busy p.85

Great Quotes: The Tech-Wise Family – Andy Crouch

  1. A Better Life: “If we want a better life, for ourselves and for our families, we

    will have to choose it – and the best way to choose it is to nudge and discipline

    ourselves toward the kind of life we most deeply want.” – Tech-Wise Family p.37

  2. Easy Everywhere: “In the span of two generations, an easy everywhere lifestyle has been made possible by modern technology. (We are essentially lab rats being

    injected day in and out with new technologies as CEO’s and Shareholders watch from a distance to monitor the effects – Jeff Lee Commentary). – Tech-Wise Family p. 51

  3. The Cost of Global Connectivity: “We are more globally connected than ever in human history, better informed than previous generations about many aspects of the world, yet are we as humans more patient, kind, forgiving, fearless, committed, creative than our ancestors? I think not. I know this, I cannot imagine working as hard as my grandfather and grandmother, who were dairy farmers.” – Tech-Wise Family p.63

  4. Forming Human Capacities: “Technology is good at serving human beings but it does almost nothing to actually form human beings in the areas of service or hospitality. Technology is a brilliant expression of human capacity but anything that offers easy everywhere does nothing to actually form human capacities.” – Tech-Wise Family p.66

  5. Shaping Space: “The best way to choose character is to make it part of the furniture. As a family we want to create more than we consume. So we fill the center of our home with things that reward skill and active engagement. We have technology but we keep those devices on the periphery of the room in a special location that is out of sight and basically out of mind.” – Tech-Wise Family p.71

  6. Engage the Imagination: “What makes things on the first floor of our home valuable is not their price tag. Instead, it’s the way each thing asks us, our children, and our guests to bring creativity and imagination to life together. Move the TV to a less central location and ideally a less comfortable one and begin filling your space with things that create opportunities for creativity, skill, beauty and risk.” – Tech-Wise Family p.80

  7. Definition of Work: “Work is the fruitful transformation of the world through human effort and skill, in ways that serve our shared human needs and give glory to God.” – Tech-Wise Family p.83

  8. Designed for a Rhythm: “We are designed for a rhythm of work and rest. So one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play, and rest together.” - Tech-Wise Family p.83

  9. Destructive Nature of TV Dinners: “The high-water mark of leisure in the home came in the 1970’s when TV dinners were invented. These pre-packaged meals that could be reheated and served in front of the television were the ultimate leisure devices yet left those consuming them feeling more alone and anxious than before. Why? Because the leisure doesn’t necessarily equate to rest, peace, or deep joy. The sinister design of the TV dinner is that it disengages you from real conversation with real people, which we were designed for.” – Tech-Wise Family p.90

  10. Boredom, A New Concept in History: “In the history of the human race, boredom is practically brand new – les than three hundred years old (Industrial Age). Before the 18th century there simply wasn’t a common word for that feeling of frustration and lassitude that overtakes so many of us so often. Could it be that modern life is boring in a way that pre-modern life was not?” – Tech-Wise Family p.139

Great Quotes: The Rest of God – Mark Buchanan

  1. Be Still: “In a culture where busyness is a fetish and stillness is laziness, rest is

    sloth. But without rest, we miss the rest of God: the rest he invites us to enter more fully so that we might know him more deeply. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Some knowing is never pursued, only received. And for that, you need to be still.” – Rest of God p.3

  2. Sabbath: “The Sabbath is both a day and an attitude to nurture such stillness. It is both time on a calendar and a disposition of the heart. It is a day we enter, but just as much a way we see life.” – Rest of God p.3

  3. Good Practices: “Good rhythms and practices are both catalysts and incubators for new thoughts, they initiate them, and they nurture them. But they do even more; they make real our change of mind.” – Rest of God p.7

  4. Work as an Offering: “The opposite of a slave is not a free man. It’s a worshipper. The one who is most free is the one who turns the work of his hands into sacrament, into offering. All he makes and all he does are gifts from God, through God, and to God.” – Rest of God p. 24

  5. A Renewed Mind: “Transformation is the fruit of a changed outlook. God is more interested in changing your thinking than in changing your circumstances. He wants you to have the mind of Christ, but sometimes in order to get that one must enter into Christ’s sufferings.” – Rest of God p. 33

  6. Wisdom of the Wise: “The wisdom of the wise is to give thought to your ways but the folly of fools is deception. We must think deeply about our daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms lest we be lead astray by the tempter who seeks to slowly dull us overtime by busyness. We must not equate busyness with biblical productivity.” – Rest of God p. 40

  7. A Busy Life: “A busy life murders the heart. Busyness robs us of knowing God the way we ought.” – Rest of God p.48

  8. Time: “We hold time so tight we crush it, like a flower closed in the fist. We thought we were protecting it, but all we did was destroy it. Be generous with your time.” – Rest of God p.83

  9. What The Sabbath Does: “Sabbath (resting in God) is turning over to God all those things – our money, our work, our status, our reputations, our plans, our projects that we’re otherwise tempted to hold tight in our own closed fists, hold on to for dear life. It is allowing God to would us in an intimate and vulnerable place, to scar us and mark us and make us his own. Sabbath is camping out in one place long enough for God to wound us and heal us.” – Rest of God p.99

  10. A Theology of Play: “What most of us are missing is a theology of play. We work hard but we do not know how to play hard as adults (minus alcohol). Play is subversive, really. It subverts business as usual. It subverts necessity. It subverts all the chronos (time-controlled) driven taskmaster-supervised, legalism-steeped activities that mark out most of our lives – that make us oh so useful but bland and sullen in our usefulness.” – Rest of God p.140

Great Quotes: Deep Work – Cal Newport

  1. Deep Work Definition: “Professional activities performed in a state of

    distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” – Deep Work p.3

  2. Frenetic Shallowness: “Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work. What the internet seems to be doing is chipping away at my capacity to concentrate and contemplate deeply.” – Deep Work p.7

  3. Google the Death of your Brain: “Take Google for example, using it’s search engine daily might reduce our memory, but we no longer need good memories, as in the moment, we can now search for anything with a few clicks. It’s frightening to see our critical thinking skills going the way of the buffalo.” – Deep Work p.9

  4. I Build My Days: “I Build my days around a core of carefully chosen deep work, with the shallow activities (emails, admin), I absolutely cannot avoid batched into smaller bursts at the peripheries of my schedule. Three to four hours a day, five days a week of uninterrupted and carefully directed concentration, it turns out can produce a lot of valuable output.” – Deep Work p.16

  5. Tech Racing Ahead: “Our technologies are racing ahead but many of our skills and organizations are lagging behind. Even our wisdom, in regards to handling these newly developed technologies are far behind where they should be. We are driving forward at an alarming rate but without a driver at the wheel.” – Deep Work p.23

  6. Batching Your Work: “One way to work efficiently is to batch your work. This often looks like isolating yourself for a specific set period of time in order to singularly focus your mind and your energy on a single task (which can be repeated over and over). You must have long, uninterrupted periods of time in order to do this effectively but if you do it well, you will produce quite a bit more of value or quantity of work, than in your normal fragmented state of mind.” – Deep Work p.41

  7. Routine: “In order to produce high quality work on a regular basis you need to have regular rhythms. Routine is essential to optimizing your performance. You ought to have predictable weekly cadences, which stabilize your body, mind and soul.” – Deep Work p.44

  8. Rhythmic Philosophy of Deep Work Scheduling: “This philosophy argues that the easiest way to consistently start deep work sessions is to transform them in to a regular habit. The goal in other words is to generate a rhythm for your work day and work week. Journalist Mason Currey, who spend half a decade cataloging the habits of famous thinkers and writers summarized his findings with this statement: ‘That almost all great minds tend toward systematization in their work. They think creatively like artists but work like accountants. They go deep again and again in their work routines. They don’t wait for inspiration, they build in work rituals that generate inspiration.” - Deep Work p.118-9

  9. Quit Social Media: “When Mr. Thurston quit social media for 25 days he noticed he talked to more strangers, was less stressed, actually tasted his food (rather than instagraming it), and bought a bike because he realized he had about 2 more hours a day of time to himself.” – Deep Work p. 183

  10. Quit Social Media: “Ever wonder why some of the creators of Facebook won’t let their kids on the site? It’s because the smartest guys in the room know the power of what they are creating and what they are creating it for! Vast groups of intelligent men and women spend hours thinking of ways to get you addicted to their product, so you think you can just use it in moderation? Their technology is not neutral. It is designed to make you a pawn but even with this knowledge you will justify your use of social media in all sorts of ways but that in itself proves your addiction. The reality is that your best work will be done when you aren’t being constantly distracted by social media. Your best friendships will never be through social media. So why do it? You actually not missing out.” – Deep Work p.189