One of the many things not inherently bad but possibly distracting is this idea of “making time for God”, as I’ve heard it said so often. Whether it be a sabbath day or an hour for introspection and prayer, this concept has the potential to be detrimental. Although the idea and act itself is innocent and meant for benefit, I have noticed a subconscious process (not present in everyone I see, but in many) which begins to differentiate time and thus instill value in certain windows of time.

By so greatly revering this “time alone with God”, a new kind of worth is added to the time. Because the status of this timeframe is so greatly elevated, the nature of all other times is unintentionally belittled. Subconsciously, this creates a mindset where unique communion happens only (or at least mostly) in that special window of time. Experiences in the remaining time are differentiated, as if they belonged to another, lesser world. I have even seen a kind of contempt for the remaining time, where it seems people live idly as if waiting for the more revered hours to come.

This can cause a disconnect between the deity and the world in which we live, as if communion can only be achieved at appointed times, as if this God is not part of His own world. The devout are subconsciously limiting themselves and in doing so are instilling nonexistent characters into what is already defined.

For Man, purpose is not found in the sabbath; for the sabbath, it is found in man. For which is better: to set aside time for reverence or to live in reverence?

Setting aside time for these things is not harmful in itself (and this kind of rest is necessary), but it can create the illusion that participation is intermittent when in fact it is constant, independent of acknowledgement.