John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Compartmentalizing Life

When we fuse the goal of balance with the idea that life should fit neatly into compartments, we do some pretty serious damage to ourselves -- and usually to others as well. For example, lots of people think that there should be a compartment labeled "Spiritual Life." That compartment may be next to "Finances" or "Recreation" or "Career" or what have you, but it may not bleed over into any of those other compartments. There can be no overlap. That would wreck the whole idea of balance and defeat the purpose for having compartments in the first place.

From there, it's a pretty short step to "God is only interested in my 'Spiritual Life'. He doesn't really care what goes on in any of the other compartments."

Here's a simple but profound truth: There's no such thing as a "spiritual life"; there's just life, and it's all supposed to be spiritual.