The Apologist’s Precarious Balance Between Well-Aimed Ambition and Self-Indulgence

The Apologist's Precarious Balance Between Well-Aimed Ambition and Self-Indulgence

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All sincere Christian apologist, I think, live in a constant, daily struggle for balance. We are blessed with a plethora of resources and data, which take time to go through and get a good grip of, yet we are commission not to be Bible hermits, but actively engaged in the world in which we live. So, personally speaking, at times I find it difficult to find the balance between the two — preparing myself to give reasons for the hope that is within me and actually interacting with people to hear them. The good news is that there are a few techniques I’ve found to help, like listening to Podcasts, and audiobooks, and watching videos. However, while you can listen to them while you do other things, it is possible to miss something important.

So, if you’ve got some methods you use to help you find some semblance of balance, feel free to share them!

Thanks

Joshua / NAA

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2 thoughts on “The Apologist’s Precarious Balance Between Well-Aimed Ambition and Self-Indulgence

  1. I very highly recommend using your computer to make notes as you read books…. that way you have a searchable, readable format.

    Regarding the actual balancing act, I would say that having someone aid you with accountability is extremely helpful. For example, you could ask a friend or family member to give you the ‘heads up’ if they observe you spending what seems like too much time on diving into the books…. or whether they feel you’ve decided to go full-on leisure time.

    Another really important thing I’ve found is not to guilt myself into anything. I’ll be playing a video game or watching some [American!] football and think “man, I should be reading right now instead.” But in reality, we are not called to be 100% automatons. It is completely okay to have leisure time, and if we guilt ourselves into “work” then we often will see a deficiency both in our attitude and the work.

    Finally, a balance between self-development and application is a must. That is, reading to increase your own knowledge on the one hand, and working with others [writing, drawing, etc. to engage with others] on the other. It doesn’t need to be 50/50, but if you catch yourself constantly on one end or the other, maybe it’s time to drag yourself back the other way a bit.

    Of course, all this makes it seem like I think I have this mastered. I definitely don’t. I can write all this, but putting it in practice is much more difficult.

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