Author: Lionel Windsor

Inboxes and Emptying Them

This article is part 7 of 7 in the series Slip, Slop, Slap for Sustainable SacrificeThis post is about a core habit that helps me to reduce everyday stress: emptying inboxes. I’m not just talking about getting my email to “inbox zero” every so often. I’m talking about identifying all my inboxes in life, and daily emptying them. That means getting all the vaguely undefined and stressful “stuff” out of those inboxes and into my trusted system, where they can do some good. In a previous post, I discussed the value of a trusted system. This is a system where I store things so I don’t have to keep them in...

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Living Life in “The Zone”: using zones to regulate life

This article is part 6 of 7 in the series Slip, Slop, Slap for Sustainable Sacrifice  Communications technologies have revolutionised the way we work and play. Many of us own devices that are constantly connected to the internet. That means our work is no longer limited by our location. This technological revolution, of course, has great benefits. But it also creates big challenges, especially when it comes to the potential for stress and burnout. The natural physical boundaries that once regulated our lives—for example, the boundaries between “work” and “home”—are far more fuzzy than they used to be. A generation ago, when...

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Capturing Wild Commitments

This article is part 5 of 7 in the series Slip, Slop, Slap for Sustainable Sacrifice  Being a Christian is about responding to God’s love for us by loving other people. Loving people involves being committed to them. And being committed isn’t just a nice feeling–it involves all sorts of commitments, at all sorts of different levels, to do things for people. These commitments arise out of our relationship with God, our relationships with others, our ministry roles, our promises to others, and our particular desires and motivations to see Jesus honoured in the world. These commitments should be a joy. But so often, they can...

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Building Blocks of a Trusted System

This article is part 4 of 7 in the series Slip, Slop, Slap for Sustainable SacrificeChristian ministry, like many modern occupations, involves constantly asking: “What should I be doing right now?”. There are infinite needs, and since I’m not God, I can’t fulfil them all. But I still have to decide how to use my gifts responsibly within the limitations God has given me. That means I need to keep track of my responsibilities. I need to make decisions about when and where to discharge my responsibilities. And for the sake of my own stress, I need to be confident that, under God, the person I’m...

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Taming the Phone 2: Putting apps in their place

This article is part 3 of 7 in the series Slip, Slop, Slap for Sustainable SacrificeMy phone keeps trying to take over my life. One of my jobs as a Christian minister is to work out how to use my phone without being used by it. In my last post, I discussed one key way to do this: minimising notifications. In this post, I’ll be discussing another key way to do it: putting apps in their place. The apps on smartphones are designed to be a joy to use, and easy to open. This is, of course, very useful. But it’s also very dangerous. That’s because...

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