Rarely do people ever strike a balance between work and life. Popular consensus states that a distinct separation between work and everything else is the key to managing healthy boundaries. Avoid taking business calls outside of business hours. Refrain from checking work correspondence when not in the office. Designate ample time for family and leisurely activities. Compartmentalize. Boundaries are not clearly marked for the individual pictured in this book. When a vocation has eternal consequences:
When does one clock out?
How long might a day be?
What guilt may accumulate?
When does one leave his family to go help another?
A separation between life and work is not necessarily the desire for David Allen. Instead, his approach is to blend the two together, extinguishing flames as they spark among the community and its families. Rather than leaving the youth he ministers to early so he might see his family, the pastor and his wife extend their night together with teenagers in a parking lot outside Wendy’s. As people are encouraged to follow their inclinations, passions, and heart, work becomes internalized and all of our well intended separations blur.