How to Over-Spiritualize Everything

by Brad Harmon on November 18, 2009 in Miscellany

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As Christian entrepreneurs, it is tempting sometimes to find a profound, spiritual meaning in everything that we do.  While there is certainly a spiritual nature to everything, sometimes taking out the garbage is just taking out the garbage.

If you truly feel blessed or moved by this act then, by all means, let your praises ring out.  If not, then just do it to the best of your abilities, as unto the Lord, and move on with your day.

Christ used everyday activities in many of His parables to teach profound truths, so there are definitely lessons that can be learned in our mundane tasks.  Even so, I doubt that He expressed how profoundly spiritual these tasks were on a daily basis.

I came across the following comic strip this week, that really got me thinking about this topic.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that happens to be the average length of my posts.  So, I am going to let the comic strip speak for itself.

How to Over-Spiritualize Everything

How to Over-Spiritualize Everything

Does Anyone Know the Source of This?

I tried to find the source for this comic, but I have been unable to do so.  I found this through an image search, but there was no information about it on the repository.

Unfortunately, I can’t read the author’s name either.  If anyone has any information on the source or author of this comic strip, please post it in the comments below.

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beckyjoie November 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

So true. We do tend to do that at times. It's like those “parking lot prophecies”-you know-when people approach you in the parking lot with a “word' such as this “I saw you were stumbling in the parking lot when you dropped your keys and I felt the Lord telling me that if you didn't drop some things from your schedule, you would be found stumbling”. HUH? LOL.

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Brad Harmon November 19, 2009 at 10:08 am

I know what you mean. I won't say that God can't, or even doesn't, work in this way; however, I am highly skeptical.

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bradleyjmoore November 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

Brad- This is so hilarious, and such a pet peeve of mine! Great job in de-mystifying the great mystery of our mundane lives. My philosophy (and theology, I guess) is that God's grace goes before me in everything I do. I am covered. He covers me. So, it's all good – even the bad, and the monotonous, and the physical. He's got me covered.

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Laurie Neumann November 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Well, I am one who believes in praying about everything, but this comic is really funny. I have been around some people like that, and it does get a bit frustrating trying to talk to them.

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Brad Harmon November 22, 2009 at 6:44 am

Thanks Bradley. It cracked me up too. Sometimes we can go overboard, can't we?

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Brad Harmon November 22, 2009 at 6:46 am

I usually see it more in print than in person, but when I actually come across it in person I like to play along trying to one up them. Sometimes it can go a while before they realize it. 😉

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Rock Chalk Jesus January 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I saw it in Christianity Today.

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Brad Harmon January 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Thanks. I'll try to check down the issue number and artist.

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Loverof Him February 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I believe this is because we have forgotten to separate the clean and the unclean things. So, we think a Holy God isn't interested in the mundane, because we are not interested in the mundane. We are trying to chase after the lusts of our flesh. So we spiritualize our vanities.

Be warned, about speaking against a prophet, though. Even David wouldn't slay one of God's anointed.

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Brad Harmon February 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I love the phrase you use, "spiritualize our vanities." God is certainly in the mundane of life. It's interesting how trivial we make of the mundane. I think this comic just reminds us not to go to the other extreme either.

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