Why do I have secular material here? Because a very discerning Christian can easily perceive what is good material that can be utilised from secular sources. Such discernment can only come over time by fortifying yourself with the foundations of true Orthodoxy through the regular study of the writings and lives of saints and holy people. This will teach someone how to discriminate between content from other sources as useful or bad.
In this sense, the Christian can borrow the good stuff from secular resources whilst strongly ignoring the bad things they find there that misalign with Orthodox teachings. I’ve seen this very concept of utilizing useful things from secular sources in the teachings of some saints and in some of their life stories.
So here are some great secular articles I really benefited from…
- 20 google search tips to use to google more efficiently
- 10 practical answers to 10 powerful questions
- 11 habits of genuinely likeable people
- One of the most extremely powerful mental tools
- Cultivating burning desire
- The purpose of life is not happiness: It’s usefulness; this is true. And to add, the greatest usefulness is fulfilling Christ’s commandments (1. Love God, 2. Love others) for then you are producing eternal profit.
- The simple 3-letter word that successful people use every day
- The transformative power of reading in the life of Ben Carson – a former American presidential candidate
- The power of the minimum effective dose
- The ultimate guide to motivation – how to achieve any goal
- How to be productive and manage your time better
Three secular websites which help me develop time management, organizational, productivity, mental thinking, planning and personal development skills are
Read these sources with great discernment whilst being well grounded in Orthodox foundations because they contain anti-Christian concepts. Use the good, ignore the bad.