#4 (Top 5 Posts of 2013)

This is part of a series of top posts from 2013.

#4: Abercrombie & Fitch: Their CEO Said What?

abercrombie & fitch

Photographer: Paul Taggart-Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Across media platforms, in schools and in homes across America, body image is under attack. Men and women are taught to believe, subliminally or more directly, that if they aren’t thin, they aren’t beautiful. Look no further than the magazine racks. Hollywood and the media are always displaying overweight celebrities and equating them to being less than those that are “thin, beautiful people.”

The fourth most viewed post from the past year was actually a guest post from my friend Brad. That’s a very cool first for me to have a guest post get so much traffic! Click here to read it.

Top 5 Posts of 2013

Tomorrow's Reflection - Jeremy Jernigan

Like I’ve done in previous years, I want to close out 2013 with a repost of my top blog posts from the year. This gives my readers the chance to see the most popular content from the year (especially if you missed a few of them), and gives me some time to start writing great posts for 2014.

I will be posting my top five blog posts from 2013 during the last few days of the year. These selections are based on how many times each page has been viewed—not how many comments it has. As a result, some of them may come as a surprise to you (I know they were for me). I hope you enjoy catching up with these top posts you may have missed or enjoying them a second time. I’m already working on some fun new things for next year.

This has been my seventh year blogging and I am again thankful that you take the time to read it (a special thanks to those of you that also leave a comment)! This year I even had the chance to be a cofounder of Blogsicle, a company designed to empower other people to become bloggers. I enjoy blogging more with each year and I love working to get better and better at it.

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Merry Christmas!

Jeremy Jernigan, Michelle Jernigan - Christmas 2013

Jeremy Jernigan, Michelle Jernigan - Christmas 2013

The Gift of a Perspective

Axiom by Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels Axiom

I just fished reading Axiom by Bill Hybels with a handful of the leadership team at Central. In it, Bill compiles thirty plus years of ministry and leadership insights into short little phrases. Each chapter captures an idea and gives some perspective on why Bill lives by it. Depending on your context, many of these will directly apply to you and others won’t. Taken collectively it is a very practical look at leadership in the trenches.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

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Bible Reading Plan for 2014

Professor Horner's Bible Reading Plan

January is quickly approaching and that means a new year to try new things or begin anew on things that you trailed off with in 2013. I would encourage you now to consider reading through the Bible in 2014. Sadly, few people ever read it cover to cover due to its size but it is completely manageable. The trick is to intentionally pick a reading plan and make it a natural part of your routine each day. When read daily it will balance your perspective and ground you in God’s Truth no matter what each day brings. Even greater is the perspective you get from reading year after year and seeing things you’ve never noticed before.

Those of you who have followed my blog for years now know that I pick a new reading plan and a new Bible translation each year. This is to stretch me and keep me from setting into a rut. This is the same concept as muscle confusion for those of you workout-nerds among us. One of the reasons this is recommended for physical workouts is that “The body should never be allowed to accommodate to an exercise to the point where the exercise is ineffective and results are no longer seen.” The same is true of your mind, heart, and soul when it comes to experiencing God’s Word. Sadly, many people either don’t read through the Bible or read it and don’t ever get much out of it. I’ve found that changing reading plans and changing translations each year are great ways to enhance your time spent reading.

Click here to see which reading plans and translations I’ve used in past years.

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