My sermon sketchnotes from January 17th, 2021. Enjoy!
At the beginning of the year, there’s a lot of optimism that this year will be better than the last one.
But fear will do everything in its power to make sure that nothing changes.
Fear is the belief that what you can’t see will come to pass. It reminds you of all the times that you’ve tried before and failed. It point out every flaw, every shortcoming, and magnifies it. Fear will give you a million reasons why things won’t work. It will always tell you that you’re too young, too old, or completely unqualified for whatever you’re attempting to do.
The opposite of fear is faith. Faith, like fear, is the belief that what we can’t see will come to pass. Fear focuses on and attracts the negative, faith focuses on and attracts the positive.
The difference is subtle, but it could not have a bigger impact on your future.
Fear says you can’t, faith says you can. Fear will keep your world small, but faith helps you to think bigger. Fear will give you a million reasons not to try, but faith will inspire you to do something and see what’s possible. Fear tries to immobilize you, while faith inspires action.
The difference between faith and fear is found in your perspective.
Your perspective will either propel you by faith or paralyze you by fear.
Make 2021 the year you stop listening to fear and try. Fear has lied to you long enough. Step out there and see what you’re really capable of.
You might just surprise yourself.
If you’ve been procrastinating on getting a gift for the nerd in your life, here are a couple of ideas.
Disclosure: Where applicable, I use affiliate links.
- The Focused NeuYear Calendar – Shameless plug: I love the NeuYear calendar and have been using some version of it for many years. In addition to giving you the full year at a glance, the Focused version is shaded for 12 Week Year planning and includes a key at the bottom for theming or habit tracking. And this year, it’s available in dray erase – just in case, you know, something like a global pandemic changes your plans.
- Ugmonk Heirloom Journal – This disc-bound journal runs my life at this point. It’s the heart of my hybrid productivity system and I use it for time blocking and note capture every single day. It’s super high quality, and compatible with other disc-bound system (like the Levenger Circa system) if you want to things to it or punch your own paper.
- Keychron K2 Tenkeyless Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard – I backed this as a Kickstarter when I saw it had hotswappable switches (meaning you don’t have to solder them if you want to change them out). While I’ve made modifications to mine, the stock keyboard is pretty decent and available with a couple different switch options ( prefer the tactile browns).
- Capisco Desk Chair – It’s stupidly expensive, but it’s also the best chair I’ve ever used. I had some pretty serious back issues earlier this year, and this chair has been an important part of helping me solve them.
- Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg – Atomic Habits by James Clear is really good, but IMHO Tiny Habits is even better. BJ Fogg did a bunch of the research that James Clear uses in his book, and presents it in a very clear and entertaining way.
- Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – This might be my favorite book that I read this year, but it’s very different. Basically it’s a collection of short profiles of prolific creators and thinkers, offering a glimpse into their daily routines. A very easy entertaining read.
- Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky – A productivity book for people who don’t like productivity books. Written by two ex-Google employees, it offers a bunch of tactics that you can use to focus on what’s really important.
- Bookworm Yearly Membership – Selfless plug for the Bookworm Club, where I post all the notes from books that I read. Plus you support the Bookworm podcast I do with Joe Buhlig.
- Hidrate Steel Bluetooth Water Bottle – I’ve always struggled to drink enough water, and this water bottle flashes a visual reminder periodically to take a drink when I fall behind. Not cheap, but high quality and fixes several issues from the previous Hidrate Spark bottles (like offering a rechargeable puck that screws into the bottom).
- Spark Guitar Amp – This tiny little Bluetooth guitar amp offers an incredible selection of amp simulation and tone, and is surprisingly loud for the size. But the killer feature is the chord detection via the companion app and the Smart Jam feature that lets you practice with other virtual musicians from home.
- Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Dock – I got this as a place where we could park all our electronics for the night outside of the bedroom, and it works great. If you too want to keep phones of out of the bedroom, check this out.
- Remix Double Chain Disc Golf Basket – We bought a couple of these this year so we could practice our putting in the yard. They are surprisingly high quality, and have 24 chains which make it feel like a professional basket.
- Spikeball – This game is amazing. It takes quite a bit of coordination to get good at it, but if you have a group of fairly athletic kids or friends to play with, this is a good one.
- visnfa Bike Phone Mount – I biked a ton this summer, and this cheap but sturdy phone mount held up well.
- Outward Hound Hide-a-Squirrel Squeaky Puzzle – If you have a pooch, get them this fun dog toy and watch them try to figure out how to get the squirrels out of the plush log. Hilarity will ensue.
Last week I had the privilege of being the first webinar guest for my friend Joe Buhlig for his community, Analog Joe. It was a lot of fun, and we got to dive deep on my hybrid productivity system. Joe has graciously allowed me to post the webinar replay here in case you missed it:
If you like this kind of thing, I recommend you go check out Analog Joe. It’s a fun group with an obvious bias towards analog tools, so if that’s your thing, definitely check it out.
4 years ago today, Joe Buhlig and I published the first episode of Bookworm. Fun fact: we hadn’t met each other yet when we started the podcast (we met later that month in person at Macstock). We originally started the podcast because we both wanted to read more and need a little help to do it consistently. The accountability and positive peer pressure of having to show up and talk about a book every two weeks has helped me firmly establish a reading habit, so mission accomplished.
A lot has happened over the last four years. We’ve both been through some rough times, and there where periods where we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to keep it going. Life happens. There have been times when we’ve missed our scheduled publish dates due to job changes, health issues, and the like. I’m grateful to my co-host Joe Buhlig for sticking with it, and for all of the listeners who have shown their support for the show. I’ve grown a ton because of the podcast over the last four years, and believe I am a better person today because of it.
Personally, I get a lot out of making the podcast and would probably do it even if nobody listened. But I’m proud of and inspired by the community that has sprung up around this little side project and extremely thankful that folks continue to show up. And a special thanks to the Premium Club members who are willing to give us a couple bucks a month to help keep the lights on – you all rock!
Last week, I shared a video walking through my thought process from the notes I took during my pastor’s sermon. People seemed to like it, so I decided to do the same thing again this week.
Here’s the image of the sketchnote if you just want to see that with no explanation.
This is an experimental post for me about the thought process that goes into creating the sketchnotes I take of my pastor’s sermons. I never really thought these would be interesting to anyone but me, but slowly I’ve been changing my mind about that based on some feedback lately from people who have asked to see them. Shoutout to Bodie Quirk who convinced me to record this short video about the process.Read More