Earlier this year, I asked myself a question that was a real game changer for me. I asked, “What is serving me well in my life?” But to answer that question, I found myself first asking the opposite question. “What isn’t serving me well?” For some reason, that one was easier for me to tackle.
The first thing that came to mind when I asked the second question was TV before bed. I had a made a weird observation. Whenever I crashed on the couch at the end of the day and watched TV right before I went to sleep, I had a much more difficult time getting up the next day. I almost felt a little hung over in the morning. But if I skipped TV and spent the late evening doing other things — stretching, journaling, reading — I had more energy the next day.
It turns out there’s science behind this. Blue light, which comes from a variety of sources but includes the light from TV, phones, computers and tablets, interrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythm and affects sleep. Since this discovery, we’ve made a new rule in our house. All computers, phones and other electronic devices get collected about 90 minutes before bed.
Have you noticed, in general, that Christian men have slim choices in devotionals? I have been to quite a few men’s groups, and the study material might as well have been a tract that I was handed on the street on the way in. The fact that a Men’s Devotional Bible exists was exciting news.
My initial unboxing was a little disappointing. I love the look of the cover. It’s very simple and neat — black background with a white frame for the title and a small beige accent. The font is clean and elegant. My issue is that this is a hard bound volume. I am used to a leather bound travel bible that I can throw in my bag all day long. This hardcover doesn’t seem like it would take the punishment of permanent backpack residence. That being said, it may be the only negative.
It’s the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible, and it comes with 365 devotions created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from more than 50 Christian leaders. Introductions are written to orient men to each book of the Bible and are directed specifically at how the book can relate to a man’s walk with God.
What if you could focus on ONE thing, and that ONE thing could change EVERYthing? That’s exactly what happened when a man named Paul O’Neill took over an international aluminum company that was failing in the late 80’s. And the same habit can overhaul your life too.
Shareholders and financial analysts panicked when O’Neill took the helm of Alcoa and began a highly irregular focus on safety. He didn’t talk about increasing profits. He didn’t talk about lowering costs. He didn’t talk about anything that a CEO of company as big as Alcoa typically talks about. Instead, he was laser focused on what appeared to be a strange obsession with safety.