Transitions: from a compartmentalized life to always connected

Transitions: from a compartmentalized life to always connected

It wasn’t so long ago that we were able to compartmentalize the various aspects of our life: work, home, church, community, etc. Now everything is connected and bleeds together. In this episode, David and Justin discuss the various types of stress presented to our different “selves” in this interconnected age. Here are the notes from the show:

  • In a previous show, we discussed the importance of Sabbath rest. This episode is an extension of this topic, on a grander scheme which is extremely relevant as the year comes to a close.
  • The four pressures we encounter are from different parts of our identity: social, working, spiritual, and future “self”.
  • In an age of social media, there is tremendous pressure on maintaining an “idealized” social self toward others. But it’s exhausting and many are falling into social media fatigue. Here’s the article Justin mentioned on the show with tips on how to handle this type of fatigue.
  • Paul, himself, dealt with his equivalent of social pressure in ancient Jewish circles. Read what he says in Philippians 3:4-6.
  • Allow yourself to receive, inside your heart again, the grace of God, where you can come as you really are, into God’s love – Christ in you.
  • We refer back to an earlier show on Give and Take – you can find it here
  • Our “working self” is always striving to “do more”. Remember that the Gospel message tells us that:
    • Ultimate value is already ascribed to us – we don’t have to do anything to earn it
    • God is an “ROI God” and expects us to be productive with our efforts in life (including business)
    • However, we’re not to worry
    • Note that if you only focus on ONE of those items, you quickly get out of balance – like if you only focus on attaining ROI and worry yourself to death. OR if you just sit back lazily and don’t do anything to contribute to society. It’s not just, balance, but discernment on what is needed.
  • The third self, the spiritual self, is what we desire in this season, but can elude us many times. Worries and cares can choke off the sensitivity we need to experience the Holy Spirit in simple and wonderful ways around us. We can worry about so many things, the relatives, the job, the bills, companionship, other people, friends, and the list is endless. How do we rest from all this worry? Paul helps us in Philippians 4 here. Do not be anxious for anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. What Paul is saying is that peace from God does not mean there are no problems in your life. “Peace I give, not as the world gives,” says Jesus.
  • The end of the year brings forth pressure on our “future self”.
  • The internal pressure for the future self to be more, to break through to the next level, to survive the very hard circumstances is very real for many. This is where Jesus said many things to his disciples right before he was crucified in John 14-16. He promised the Holy Spirit, the guidance counselor, being sent to them. The Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth, remind them of what Jesus said, and tell them of things to come and be with them always.
  • Business tip based on planning stress: planning is a team sport so involve others!

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