I was raised in a generation that compartmentalized. Compartmentalization is where I don't let what I do in one area of my life affect what I do in other areas of my life.
Bill Clinton is an obvious example of compartmentalization. He could have sex with an intern in the White House and not let it affect the way he ran the country - because he compartmentalized.
I would suggest to you that God wants us to look at our Christian lives as a whole. That one area DOES affect the other - and especially our character.
At its root, character is defined by integrity, and at the heart of integrity is the idea of wholeness. If an object or a person has integrity, it means that the object or person is in an unbroken condition.
A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link - to use an old cliche.
To have character, I must have integrity. To have integrity, I must be continually "whole" in my life.
Character is who you are in the dark. I love that quote. It's so true. I was reading this week an interesting thought from the movie "Titanic."
(By the way - I caught the end of the older version of the movie the other day on T.V. - the black and white version - and found it much better - they were singing the old Welsh hymn "nearer my God to Thee" as the boat went down it was beautiful and moving).
Anyway, I read that one of the primary reasons the ship was considered unsinkable was because of the compartments in its hull. The theory was that flooding in one compartment due to a breach - a broken place - in the hull wouldn't affect other compartments because of the high walls between them.
What the Titanic's designers did not anticipate was that the collision with the iceberg slashed through several compartments at once, so that the sea water spilled over the walls from one compartment to another until the ship sank.
The same things applies our lives.
We think that we can keep a break on part of our lives from impacting the others parts, but it just doesn't work that way.
An Integrity break in one compartment of your life will spill over to another until your entire life begins to sink.
So how do we keep our lives from flooding.
Integrity is a key word. Keep our lives together. Living our lives in private the way we do in public, and vice versa.
I quote, "when you live your life as a whole rather than in parts, you can handle breaks (and you will have them) because they are caring people around who will help you repair the damage - if they know about it."
So, pay attention to the small stuff in your life. Do what it takes every day to develop your character and preserve your integrity. Let's live our lives to please God!