Yesterday we talked about how egotism gets in the way of life in the Spirit. Today, I want to talk about the second thing that can hinder the movement of God in your life — pragmatism. I’m a pragmatic person and I think it can be good to be pragmatic, but when pragmatism becomes your highest value, it destroys your soul; it gets in the way of your best life.
Now, when I say pragmatism, what I mean is that everything must be practical, and many of us are that way, especially in a modern world. But what’s practical about surfing or kissing or singing or Disneyland? The pragmatic person might say that surfing is exercise and that singing bonds a community in common value, or that kissing creates serotonin and love chemicals in the brain. But who really thinks about that? I guess my point is that the lens of pragmatism can ruin your spiritual life. Be pragmatic, but not at everything. Sometimes God will ask you to do something that makes no sense. Sometimes it’s good to follow your heart. Who knows? Maybe you will see a mountain throw itself into the sea!