Friday’s Recommended Readings (3/15/19)

It’s Friday again, and I have three curated articles for your reading pleasure. One about living with Autism in the church, and two that deal with self-care and self-focus.

The Weakness and Strength of Being an Autistic Christian

This one, written by Daniel Michalski, is a great insight into the mind of an Autistic Christian and the struggles men and women face when living with Autism and trying to live in community with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

“It explained why my gait was often described as odd or like a foreigner. It explained why I had trouble doing tasks requiring fine motor skills like driving, holding a pencil rather than grasping, and balancing a fork. It explained my sense of being an observer and not a participant in life. It explained why it hurt to look people in the eye and why I needed to run after too much sensory input. It explained why I had such sensitive hearing, and my nerves felt constantly overloaded.

But now I had another dimension to deal with. I was a Christian and committed to being part of the Church community. Being a Christian with Autism presents particular challenges.”

Michalski opens up about his various struggles here, and shows how people with Autism can serve and be served in the local church.

Should Christians “Self-Care?”

Tim Challies, one of the most prolific Christian bloggers, penned this great article answering the question, “Should Christians Self-Care?”

“As is so often the case, I think the answer is both yes and no. There is a sense in which self-care is one of our most basic responsibilities before God and our fellow man. Yet there is another sense in which it can be in direct opposition to our most basic responsibilities before God and man. Definitions and proportions make all the difference.”

There is a difference between Biblical self-care – making sure we eat, drink, and sleep rightly so we may serve others and glorify God, and the world’s version, which leans more toward a self-care that is more selfish than caring, which in turn only hurts ourselves.

When we take time for self-care, let us redeem it by ensuring that in helping ourselves, it prepares us to better help build others up in Christ.

Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus by Lydia Brownback

Laura Lundgren wrote this review over Lydia Brownback’s new book, which attempts to get our focus on Christ, rather on ourselves. The world preaches everything we need is found inside ourselves; our untapped potential needs to be tapped by us and it will spring forth into right living and true happiness. But Lundgren, through her review of the book, reminds us our strength and salvation is not from within, but is altogether other than us. It is Christ who saves, who imputed His righteousness onto us, not our own.

“Brownback reminds us that the solutions to our deepest needs are not going to come from within. In fact, each of the six chapters of her book identifies a way in which we can be trapped in self-centeredness. In clear, direct language Brownback calls out misleading advice, often full of biblical references, that fails to offer women the full hope of the gospel because it convinces women that the solution to their problem is something inside themselves. Brownback explains subtle distinctions, helping women to see that discipleship is NOT a process of self-improvement.”

Focusing on Christ frees us from the burden when we make ourselves, our pleasure, and our desires the chief end. Our joy is found in Christ, who fulfills it in Himself.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the articles. I know I did.


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