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Checklist Christianity: How to Measure Spiritual Success

One of the questions I often get asked when talking about discipleship, spiritual formation, and small groups is: "How do you measure success?" I'm not a big fan of this question. See, there was a time in my life, when I could have easily answered that question. Back in the day we (me and lots of other Christians like me) used a formula to measure how spiritual someone was. It looked like this: SQ = [(SUa+TUv)/26]+[(SUp+WPM)/52]+[(TRM+MC)/5] 8 is the perfect score, meaning you are very spiritual. Of course you could apply a bonus formula to gain two extra bonus points if you wanted. Those two points could come in very handy if you fell short of 8, or if you wanted to be elected to a committee during the annual fall elections. A score higher than 8 virtually assured you a spot on the committee of your choice. The bonus formula was as follows: BSQ = SQ+KJV+BAPT If you grew up in a church like mine, this is all old hat to you. You've seen these equations many times

5 Habits That Keep You From Being Content

Contentment is one of the most important virtues we can cultivate in our lives. Temptation, sin and addiction all spring out of a lack of contentment. When we are not willing to be satisfied by the resources God has provided, we will soon find ourselves chasing after the things He knows we do not need. A few days ago, I came across a blog which listed five things that are destroying your success . Success is one of those things that everyone defines differently, but I noticed that the five items listed are also five habits that can lead to a discontented life. So I've repurposed the list, and below are five habits that will keep you from being content : Constantly criticizing people Blaming other people for your failures Dreaming about other successful people Not taking the extra step to get closer to your goal Letting other people make decisions for you you can read the entire blog post here.