Posts from February 2020

172. Power of Productive Disagreement

Disagreement often produces conflicts and anxiety. No wonder why many people try to avoid conflict at all costs. But in a book called “Why are we yelling?”, Buster Benson argues that disagreement is unavoidable and is a sign of a healthy relationship. What is detrimental is “unproductive” disagreement. Political polarization and many social issues arose not from disagreement but unproductive disagreement that led to quick social imagination and name-calling, which only escalated existing anxieties. To first learn how to engage…

171. Better Filter

We are now living in a hyper-connected world. No wonder many people confess feeling overwhelmed and distracted. What distracts us might not be bad things in and of themselves. But what it can cost us might be enormous. Dr. Cal Newport, in his book “Deep Work,” says that for modern knowledge workers, shallow work has replaced deep work. He defines Shallow Work as “non-cognitive, logistical or minor duties performed in a state of distraction,” such as replying to emails, using…

170. Do Today’s Work Today

Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will brings its own worries. (Matthew 6:34) It is certainly not a message of “empty your worries.” It is a message to correctly assess the things that are given for us to do today and do them faithfully, while not being concerned about tomorrow, which is out of our control. However, many people find themselves busy catching up on their yesterday’s work because they never finish their yesterday’s work. I…

169. Two Types of Membership at The Seed

Many people might still be confused about different types of membership at The Seed, so I would like to explain it here. To put it simply, there are only two types of members: Registered Member and Baptized Registered Member. Both require completion of New Family Class (NFC). The only difference is one is not baptized, and the other is. Youth are not registered members (since their membership is tied to their parents). But, upon graduation, they can complete NFC if…