John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Lessons on Balance Learned from Trivial Pursuit

In my opinion, the biggest danger of our quest for balance is that it tends to lead us to compartmentalize life. We tend to think of life like a game piece from Trivial Pursuit: a pie with wedges that need filling in.

There's a "financial" piece, a "work" piece, a "relationship/family" piece and so on. For many people, they believe that one of the pieces should be labeled "faith/spirituality".

This mindset has led to all sorts of misery and misunderstandings of what faith is and how it intersects with real life. I can think of a couple of dangerous implications of this paradigm that I'll explore in the coming days. For now, you tell me:

Have you ever thought of life this way?

What might be wrong with this kind of thinking?