Seven Subtle Siphons
I wrote this list down some time back and forgot where it came from, I think it was John Piper. I found it thoughtful and helpful. There are always dangers, even slight ones, lurking around and some of them are like siphons - overtime they drag us down, empty us, and are long-term defeaters. Like Proverbs, short lists and aphorisms, so long as they are not too cliche, are very helpful to provide course-correction. Here are seven:
1. Words without actions. 2. Busyness without purpose. 3. Calendars without sabbath. 4. Relationships without nourishment. 5. Personality without accountability. 6. Giftedness without humility. 7. A biblical theology without personal integrity.