Unhealthy scenario #5: Tendencies*

Binary thinking. Compartmentalization. Artificial constructs. These are tendencies that inhibit spiritual, emotional, and relational health.

An example? How about when we divide things into sacred and secular categories.

Separating our actions allows us to belittle the one side of the equation and overemphasize the other. We claim we don’t have time for “secular” activities like hobbies, for instance, while the pace of our “sacred” ministry suffocates our soul.

Then there’s the opposite side of the coin: we dismiss poor habits or behavior on Monday through Saturday. while patting ourselves on the back for our Sunday performance. Our tendency to come up with justifications for our weaknesses and flaws makes the sacred/secular paradigm dangerous.

As care providers, we need to keep an eye out for tendencies that will undermine spiritual vitality. Fruitful ministry flows from thriving souls.


*Based on Peter Scazzero’s book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality