Read Relevant Magazine with me!

For a fun change I thought I would read a magazine with you!

On a recent plane trip i read through the latest Relevant Magazine cover to cover. Along the way I kept track of all the interesting tidbits and thought it would be fun to share!

I loved this quote in the editorial, “The Tricky Art of Turnaround” by Cameron Strang. It fits with my post on Affluenza. So much applications for ministry inside the church in this quote.

Turnaround seems to be the de facto priority for Washington right now. And while I agree there are steps the government should take to get the free market economy flowing again, downturns like this can also be blessings in disguise.

Whenever the economic climate gets difficult, as it is now, the cream is forced to rise to the top. Bad ideas fail. Less revenue leads to a higher emphasis on creativity and ingenuity, and inevitably a new wave of innovation and growth emerges. If done properly, the turnaround from a slump can lead to a much stronger season ahead.

I am loving a new feature in the magazine, called Reject Apathy. The premise is simple: do SOMETHING. Find a cause that fits your passion and do something! Soon a new website will be unveiled to connect searchers with causes. In the meantime, this issue of Relevant featured several stories of causes and people, along with links to plug in yourself. One or two of my favorites:

  • A profile of a young woman in Bolivia who is currently caring for six children — none of whom are her own — in order to keep this little ones off the street.
  • A description of the work The Scarlet Cord does in Amsterdam. The Scarlet Cord attempts to help women out of the prostitute industry. Check out a couple of links: International Justice Mission and Not For Sale Campaign.
  • I was most touched by a description of an immigrant family in Nashville, TN. The short article highlighted the difficulty immigrants have just learning to fit into the culture of America. How easy it is for one of us to lead the way for a family. Free for Life Families.

Not sure about this tidbit in the MISC section of news:

According to studies by Durham’s Simon Jones, caffeine causes hallucinations. But don’t stop drinking coffee yet. “Hallucinations are not necessarily a sign of mental illness,” Jones says. “Most people will have had brief experiences of hearing voices when there is no one there, and around three percent of people regularly hear such voice.”

Also in the MISC section, apparently some doctors in Hawaii are doing video chats with established patients when the patients have routine, easily diagnosed illnesses. I love that idea! I mean, by your twentieth sinus infection you pretty much just need to look the doctor in the eyes and say “My head hurts here when I sit up or lie down…I think it’s a sinus infection again.” I just hope the doctor wouldn’t say “Please blow your nose on camera and let me see what color your tissue is….”

So that’s about it! A little dose of pop culture to keep us all feeling a little hipper. Go check out Relevant’s website for music and goodies.

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.