I think we’re lying.
Not just to others, but to ourselves. I think we’ve compartmentalized our lives into something they were never meant to be…a series of isolated rooms that desperately need to be interconnected but that aren’t allowed to be, and therefore throw us into a state of frustration and angst.
I used to be a huge fan of compartmentalization. It was the way I kept my sanity for a while…I had to be able to “swtich off” the office when I came home and not think about it. But, as with any coping skill, there is the potential for things to go wrong. I eventually became good at it. And, as a result, I’ve spent the last few years with frustration and angst.
We have to look at ourselves and others holistically. Moreover, we have to look at life that way. We have to get rid of the lines we’ve drawn between aspects of our lives. No more lines between work and home, no more lines between family and friends, no more lines between sacred and secular. They’re all one. Am I saying bring work home with you? No. Am I saying try to prosleytize everyone at the office? No. I’m saying, be you. Be who you are created to be. Because that is’t a fragmented person. You were created to be a whole person, and that whole person should go with you everywhere, to everything, even if they do seem contradictory.
Because let’s face it, in today’s world and lifestyle, there are contradictory elements. I’m a counselor and an artist. I’m a Seminary student, but I have no desire to be a professional minister. I have a logical and diagnostic side, and I have a creative and tempramental side. But they all form me. We all have contradictory elements in our lives. But the source of frustration is when we attempt to isolate them from each other, to let them form almost different personalities for different days of the week, or different times of the day. That’s just dissociative. It does so much more harm than good. It prevents us from being real.
We do the same thing externally. We view life in fragments instead of as a whole. That’s why we don’t take God with us through the week, we leave Him at church on Sunday. There is no “personal” and “professional,” there is just us. There is no “Christian art” and “secular art,” there is just art. There is no “religious time” and “me time,” there is just time. There is just you. No Clark Kent/Superman split, it’s just you. And you’re a wonderful you. You were created to be you, and there is a purpose for you being you.
So go do that. View the world as a whole, and go change it.
We would all be better at that if we would just stop lying to ourselves.